Teach your passion to middle schoolers!


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Mon Feb 05, 2018 03:30 PM - Fri May 25, 2018 05:00 PM


Alpha Public Schools1601 Cunningham AveSan Jose, CA 95122
This 6th grader calls the next scene in a student-directed play while a fellow student apprentice captures everything from behind the camera. For the WOW!, the volunteer Citizen Teacher guided students to select and perform a modern "remix" of Shakespeare's Hamlet.


This opportunity would take place once a week, 4:00 - 5:30 PM on 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 schools in Oakland or East San Jose.

Volunteer Citizen Teachers enable young people to learn real-world skills by creating real-world projects. Lawyers turn their apprentices into prosecutors, artists cultivate young muralists, gardeners lead a team of twelve-year-old green thumbs. This semester, we're actively seeking out mathematicians, musicians, actors, poets, dancers, photographers, architects and more!

"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. Past WOW!s include a CD of local music, a student-choreographed performance, a mural designed and unveiled at the school, a modern play exploring adolescent angst, a photography shoot of the community, even an improv act --all created by middle school students and volunteers like you.

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

  • Training with Citizen Schools staff
  • An on-site orientation and Apprenticeship Fair in the first week
  • 10 afternoons of instruction with apprentices, usually at the school, culminating in a WOW!
  • A final session for apprentices and Citizen Teachers to reflect on newly acquired skills and information

We are actively recruiting interested volunteers for the Spring semester -- February 2018 - May 2018.


Sign up now!


  • 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 week, once a week

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