Dear Family and Friends,
I'm in my 4th year at Citizen Schools. We are a national non-profit whose mission is to close the opportunity and achievement gap for low income, underserved kids by giving them more time (40% more) to learn so they have the tools to go to college and pursue meaningful careers.
For those of you that know me well, you know that I work a lot and care deeply about what I do. My job is to raise $4.1 million dollars so that 1,200 kids in Massachusetts can benefit from Citizen Schools. These kids are kids like Skylar (pictured to the right) from Dorchester who get to work with engineers from Google every week each semester, building a computer program. Sklyar goes to a school in Boston where only 30% of his classmates are proficient in math and only 7% are proficient in science (the sector with the fastest growing careers by far). It is not fair that kids like Sklyar, who live in Boston or other low income areas, are not afforded the same opportunities as kids in wealthy suburbs. My job is to help our organization be financially sustainable so that Skylar and his peers have the opportunity to receive a good education, regardless of what neighborhood they live in or their income level.
Our education system in the U.S. is in crisis. Education is how we all got to where we are today and these students, that I care so deeply about, need our program. Citizen Schools has proven that our model works and because of that, we are GROWING to impact more kids. In fact, our students are getting better grades, attending school longer and graduating high school at 20% higher rates.
I'm reaching out to each of you to support our annual, grassroots fundraising effort in which all Citizen Schools employees engage their family and friends to raise much needed funds for our organization.
I would be honored if you would consider contributing to my campaign, My goal is to raise $1,000.
Thank you so much for your support and your commitment to education reform in our country.