On Friday June 1, Citizen Schools’ diverse community of volunteer Citizen Teachers, corporate and community partners, AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows, students, family and friends gathered at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library in celebration of the impressive work of our students, Teaching Fellows and volunteer Citizen Teachers over the last year.
This work was on display in our WOW!NOW exhibit, where students presented their final projects – the culmination of their semester-long apprenticeships – to a room full of guests including Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang, Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell, Senator Mo Cowan and more. Students from nearly all Citizen Schools Massachusetts campuses presented their work alongside partners from Biogen, Pillpack, Northeastern, Sole Train, Action Civics, Liberty Mutual, John Hancock, Thermo Fisher and Google.
Dr. Tommy Chang took to the stage in celebration of the 22-year partnership between Citizen Schools and Boston Public Schools, and called on the corporate community of Boston to “Open up your doors to young people,” noting “you can’t be what you can’t see.”
Keynote speaker Mohamad Ali, CEO & President of Carbonite, shared his personal journey from childhood immigrant to the United States to becoming the head of a successful global high-tech company. He recounted the powerful mentors and teachers in his middle and high school years that influenced his path, pushed him to work hard, and assured him that ‘he could do anything’. Speaking directly to the students in the audience he offered this advice:
“Pursue your interests passionately. Work hard, stay honest, and try to make a difference in the world.”
The morning concluded with an awards presentation honoring members of our Massachusetts community.