This program, Citizen Schools, combines a lot of factors we talk about here on Motivation Matters to help boost education in communities across the country. In an effort to decrease the number of dropouts in America, the after-school program hooks up volunteer experts—college students, young professionals, and adults—with middle school students to act as mentors and teachers. The volunteers are encouraged to share specialized skills with the students in hands-on learning environments. This model makes education relevant and fun for students, as well as provides them with support from another adult who wants them to be successful in school.
Started in Boston, Citizen Schools has since expanded to 44 sites in 7 different states, and it’s currently in the running to be presented to the President-elect on inauguration day as a top idea to change the country.
Check out this animated film about the program:
A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.