Citizen Schools Texas will host its second annual Benefit Luncheon on September 25th, at the Junior League of Houston at 11:30am. As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. When people work together to mobilize teams and units for the greater good of humanity, they build fortresses that cannot be destroyed. Have you ever thought about the knowledge that you have or the education you have received and how it can benefit someone who may be less fortunate or have limited resources?
I was especially interested in Citizen Schools’ mission and purpose, as I know about the opportunity gap. Being a recipient of free education via the Alabama G.I. Bill, I never had to worry about paying for school. I never worried about extra-curricular activities, because they were always at my fingertips through my parents. I had access to education and rigorous academic and leadership development activities, similar to what Citizen Schools provides. Therein was the opportunity.
Houston is known for being a dynamic leader in arts, medicine and the fourth- largest city in the nation. However, alarming statistics show that 50% of middle school children will graduate from high school and just over 10% will earn a two-four college degree. It’s quite the pill to swallow, as we think about our great City.
“There is a critical gap in education. But it isn’t an ‘achievement gap’ as the media often describes it. It’s an opportunity gap,” says Citizen Schools’ website. According to Citizen Schools, closing this gap will help some three million students discover and achieve their dreams, by connecting students who want to learn and adults who have something to teach. It’s the idea of marrying a ‘citizen teacher’ to a student and taking advantage of the after school hours to learn something and be productive. The organization intends to close the opportunity gap by increasing the number of real-world experiences provided to low-income students.
This is a wonderful example of how the dynamic of workplace relationships extend beyond a boss and a subordinate. It’s a demonstration of how teams work with leaders to organize programs that support the public on a greater scale. Consider putting your skills to use and volunteering for Citizen Schools Texas.
Citizen Schools was founded in Boston, MA in 1995 by Eric Schwarz. The Texas program then launched in 2002 and currently serves 570 students and engages over 100 volunteers. Learn more about Citizen Schools’ programs and results at www.citizenschools.org. For Texas specifics, visit www.citizenschools.org/texas/.
A Benefit Luncheon
The Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Wednesday, September 25
Registration at 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.