Brian Kwoba's Page
I know that students from disadvantaged backgrounds can achieve academic success from my own life story. I grew up as a young African-American male in a single-parent household. Thankfully, my mother is a teacher and impressed upon me the value of education. Taking that message to heart, I worked hard enough in school to have the privilege of graduating from Cornell University. From this experience, I know there is no obstacle that disadvantages students can’t overcome if they are given the support they need and the opportunity to succeed. And that is how I developed a passion for education.
Citizen schools is an organization that is devoted to providing that support and expanded access to the kind of learning and academic rigor that is crucial to educational success. I know that this work is really critical for young students everywhere, because as a teacher with five years of experience in urban and diverse public-school classrooms, I have directly witnessed and grappled the problems and inequities in our education system. I joined Citizen Schools in order to devote my passion, skills, and experience with education towards a movement to transform educational inequity on a systematic level. And I have seen first hand how Citizen Schools is making that impact.
But don’t just take my word for it. A longitudinal study conducted by the Policy Studies Associates found that when compared to non-participating students in Boston Public Schools, Citizen Schools participants had:
- Higher Math Scores and English Language Arts Scores on State Assessment Tests
- Higher School Attendance rates
- Higher High School Graduation Rates
In addition, recent results at some of our schools that have been in partnership with Citizen Schools the longest are showing that the pernicious and persistent racial achievement gap at these schools is being eliminated!
Please join me in supporting an organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of middle school students, not just in Boston, but across the country. Every little bit helps. Make a donation of $5, $10, $20 or more to help all of our kids realize their potential by preparing themselves for high school graduation, college graduation, and exciting careers in our 21st century world.
• $15 provides one month of materials for students to complete high quality academic homework during our structured homework time.
• $20 provides one month of supplies for our students to play sports, do art projects, learn yoga, or learn to make piñatas.
• $80 provides one semester of support for one apprenticeship team. An apprenticeship is a focused learning time, where 12 students learn professional skills from a community volunteer. Examples from our campus this term are Solar Cars, Mock Trial, Forensic Accounting, and Mass Poetry Project.
• $150 provides one month of food and supplies for special family events at our schools such as family potlucks. We do these to welcome parents, teachers, and school administrators to come together and share in the learning that their children and students do every day.