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Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to extend the learning day for low-income children across the country. They have intentionally designed their programming to focus on the skills, beliefs, and access points that are proven to contribute to student success. They mobilize a second shift of afternoon educators, who provide academic support, leadership development, college awareness and access, and exposure to diverse careers through “apprenticeships”—hands-on projects taught by volunteers from business and community organizations.
By drawing thousands more citizens into schools each year, Citizen Schools is promoting student achievement, transforming schools, and re-imagining education in America. Citizen Schools’ programming extends the typical school day from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, four days per week, adding more than 35% of additional hours of learning time to the school year.
An estimated 95% of Citizen Schools’ students come from low-income families, many of whom may face significant obstacles meeting their basic needs, and over 75% come from families in poverty.
Citizen is led by its formidable founder Nitzan Pelman, who worked previously at the New York City Department of Education for four years as the Assistant Director of the Office of New Teacher Induction and helped create a mentoring program for 6,500 new teachers. In her final year at the DOE, she developed, designed, and implemented the citywide “learning environment survey” administered to 1.8 million people through the Office of Accountability. Before that she served as the first Director of Development for Teach for America New York.
Board meets 5 times a year between September and June, from 8am-10am in midtown Manhattan. Financial commitment is not insignificant. Current board, which is listed on website, is chaired by a highly regarded private equity professional and includes a mix of high impact New York financial service professionals and consultants, among others.