Our staff team at Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto is determined to offer our middle schoolers a different perspective on the learning day. Our students have come to expect more - more opportunities to meet professionals like lawyers, computer technicians, sculptors; more time to think about who they want to be in high school and college; and more conversations with caring adults. Hopefully, the 'more' that is Citizen Schools will help our students realize that they are all valuable members of this school community.
Although this work is difficult, I love my students. I am confident that with more time, greater access, and a few extra allies, these students can and will succeed. In my two years with Citizen Schools, I have met students with incredible potential. Brianna is just one example. All my students have something to offer the world, some just need more time to uncover that smartness. If you donate to just one non-profit this year, plase donate to Citizen Schools.