Share your passion with middle schoolers!


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Mon Aug 27, 2018 04:00 PM - Mon Dec 10, 2018 05:30 PM


Roots Academy1390 66th AveOakland, CA 94621
A volunteer Citizen Teacher shows a team of middle school students how to measure fluid using a pipette. Over the course of the apprenticeship, students used the scientific process to uncover a faux mystery case. At the WOW! the culprit, and students' new skills as investigative scientistis, are revealed.


This opportunity would take place once a week, 3:30 - 5:00 PM on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

Apprenticeships at Citizen Schools give adults the opportunity to take what they do best in their professional careers or personal pursuits and use it to help middle-school students move to a long-term trajectory of success. Volunteers teach for an hour and a half one afternoon a week at one of our middle schools in Oakland or East San Jose. No previous teaching experience required.

The whole experience spans 10 weeks and between 30 and 40 hours. Here's what it includes:

  • In-depth curriculum in a variety of subjects that volunteers can choose from
  • Training with Citizen Schools staff and school site orientation
  • Staff partner to support you in and out of the classroom
  • 10 afternoons of instruction with apprentices
  • A final "science fair" style event, called a WOW!

Volunteer Citizen Teachers enable young people to learn real-world skills by implementing project based curriculum. Lawyers turn their apprentices into prosecutors, artists cultivate young muralists, gardeners lead a team of twelve-year-old green thumbs, engineers train the next generation of programmers.

"WOW!" is what people usually say when they encounter the results of the apprentices' work. So that's what we call the final product, presentation or performance at the end of each apprenticeship. Every WOW! showcases the students' learning for a public audience of family, school staff, and community leaders.

We are actively recruiting interested volunteers for the Fall semester: September 2018 - December 2018.

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  • General Education
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • People Skills
  • STEM
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 30 - 40 hours a semester

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