Melissa Verea's Page
Can you believe that this is my 6th year working with Citizen Schools? I've gone from a Teaching Fellow working directly with youth, to a recruiter of Teaching Fellows and now a Campus Director. The past two years have been difficult and rewarding at the same time. I lead a staff of 6 hard working educators, who pride themselves in the work that they do. Our team works with about 85 students on academics, character development, college and career connections and hands on learning. Our team, together with parents, faculty and staff at the school, and community members, are all responsible for the growth of these students.
As most of you know, Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting middle school youth to adult volunteers. These adult volunteers introduce our students to possible career pathways by engaging them in hands on projects. Not only are students involved in Citizen Schools learning "real world" skills, they are also receiving academic support and leadership development. The amount of time students spend in school is not enough to prepare them for future success; our programs expand the learning day for middle school youth across the country. This year, our students have had the opportunity to create their own video games, learn about healthy eating, produce and record their own commercial, try a case in front of a real judge and more.
Citizen Schools is re-imagining the learning day, by providing more time, more relevance and more caring adults in the lives of low income children across the country. Citizen Schools is currently offered at 31 middle schools in 7 states. There is no cost to families, however, there are costs associated with providing this service.
I am asking for your support in helping to serve youth and families who are a part of our program to and to ensure that our students can get the best experience during their time with us. How can you help?
1) Learn more about Citizen Schools by visiting our website: www.citizenschools.org and then SPREAD THE WORD!
2) Volunteer. If you live near a Citizen Schools site, give some of your time to teach what YOU do.
3) Make a donation. Our program is free to students but not free to run. Every little bit helps!
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page. I appreciate your support!
PS- I recently reconnected with one of my former students, now a senior in high school, and she let me know that she got accepted to my alma mater- Queens University! Her participation in Citizen Schools opened her eyes to different high school options, which led her down the path that she is currently on. HOORAY!