Bloomberg Philanthropies

The CCSR was established in 2013 with a $50,000 grant from Bloomberg PhilanthropiesLearn More »

Cummings Foundation

Funding for the CCSR is provided by the $100K for 100 Grant Program run by the Cummings FoundationLearn More »

Foundation Trust

Funding for the CCSR is also provided through a $1,500 grant by the Foundation TrustLearn More »

Krystle Campbell Community Betterment Project

The Center is also partnering with the Krystle Campbell Community Betterment Project to financially support student projects with funds from the Boston FoundationLearn More »

Medford Community Fund Grant

In 2019, the CCSR received a $5,000 grant from the Medford Community Fund

The City of Medford has awarded a grant worth $10,000 to establish a summer leadership academy for our high school studentsLearn More »


MEDFORD – Medford’s Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CCSR) has been awarded a 10-year, $350,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation as part of their $25 Million Grant Program, the City of Medford and Medford Public Schools announced this week. This incredibly generous grant will allow the CCSR to continue its mission until 2032. The students, staff, and community are grateful to the Cummings Foundation and family for their continued support.


The primary mission of the CCSR is to develop student leaders/social entrepreneurs who will be positive contributors to society and will work to combat critical social issues such as global warming, addiction, prejudice, racism, pollution, gender bias, poverty, public education and health care. The center provides learning experiences that enhance the students’ empathy and the development of leadership skills. In addition, the CCSR program lessens the chance of students becoming addicted to harmful substances by instilling in them the natural high of helping others. The CCSR is designed to enhance student self-confidence and self-esteem which are critical factors to future success and happiness.


The CCSR has collaborated with The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, colleges and universities, community groups such as Team Medford, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and civic and public service organizations to help make the world a better place to live. In light of all of the terrible national and worldwide tragedies, we strongly believe teaching children and adolescents how to be empathetic leaders and understand the plight of others are imperative to prevent such tragedies from happening again.


The Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CCSR) was created in 2013. The primary mission of the CCSR is to develop responsible global leaders/entrepreneurs that will be positive contributors to society and will work to combat critical social issues.

By providing project-based learning activities, the CCSR offers a learning experience that enhances: empathy, self-confidence, teamwork, self-esteem, and leadership skills. We believe that incorporating real-life experiences for students to develop and implement projects to help others will positively affect their self-image and understanding of others. Also, The CCSR works with school administration to integrate social-emotional learning, citizenship, resiliency, and social intelligence into the district curriculum and activities.



Thanksgiving Baskets 2022

A group of students in Mrs. Nyland's French 4 class put together baskets for many Medford High School families. They assembled baskets with Thanksgiving foods, paper goods and delivered them. This project is sponsored and funded by The Cummings Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and The Krystle Campbell Community Betterment Fund.
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Mystic River Watershed Association Cleanup

On December 4th 2022, 18 students volunteered to help with a park cleanup, this was the first cleanup where the CCSR was partnered up with the Mystic River Watershed Association. Together the volunteers successfully  removed 11 full trash bags worth of trash from the park! Outstanding work!
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World Culture Day 2022

On April 27, the CCSR is holding World Culture day event with a fashion show and performances! There will also be food and drinks available.
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Disability Acceptance

The CCSR is hosting a disability acceptance conversation as our second Diversity Week event! This will take place Tuesday April 26 after school in Cafeteria 1. We hope to see many students and staff there! Email kkaur22@medford.k12.ma.us with questions.
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Co-Presidents: Sophia Sunwoo and Naomie Pierre
Vice President: Baban Gill
Secretary: Jonah Siegel
Treasurer: Eleanor Nkera, Oprah Nkera
Webmasters: Dan Khoi Nguyen and Cindy Nguyen
Supporting Officers: Eamon Costello

Medford High School: Marie Nyland and Simon Elias
McGylnn Middle School: Wendy Fields
Andrews Middle School: Meanie North
McGylnn Elementary School: Cindy Griffin, Rebecca Hibben, and Denice Desjardins
Brooks Elementary School: Michael Coates and Lisa Rose
Roberts Elementary School: Ginelle Gulian-MacKenzie
Student Assistant Advisors at MHS: Naomie Pierre and Sophia Sunwoo

Richard Trotta, Director