About Us

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

We are living in a world that has many threats and challenges for us to confront and resolve. Issues such as opioid deaths, hatred, prejudice, addiction, bullying, mass murders, climate catastrophes, gender bias, suicide, voting rights, gun control, global warming, pollution, poverty, etc. There are many government and private programs that attempt to deal with these issues but the vast majority of these programs address the symptoms and not the root cause.

Since these are problems are created by people, we need to focus on the most effective way to prevent them. We believe that K-12 public school education provides us with the most effective place have a positive impact and influence on students. Most of traditional public school education is focused on content (academics) and very little on social-emotional learning (SEL).

In Medford, Massachusetts we have created an SEL program where K-12 students learn to be responsible global leaders/citizens. The Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CCSR) was established in 2013. The mission of the CCSR is to develop responsible global leaders/citizens that will be positive contributors to society and will work to combat important social issues listed above and become leaders in our society. We believe by providing the proper learning activities, we can: prevent students from becoming addicted to harmful substances, develop positive self-awareness, encourage teamwork and cooperation, improve self-esteem and develop leadership skills.

We believe by incorporating real-life experiences (PBL) for students to work on projects to help others will have a lasting positive effect on their self-image and understanding of others. The Center is working with school administration to develop a system-wide initiative to integrate social-emotional learning, citizenship, resiliency and social intelligence into the district curriculum and activities.

OVERVIEW

Over the past four years, over 1500 students have participated in our mini-courses, clubs and activities, and most importantly community projects. We have a district-wide afterschool program that is dedicated to making the community and the world a better place to live. At each school, there is a CCSR advisor who guides students in the development of Project Based Learning activities, individually and in small groups of 2 or 3 students. The student(s) select a project that they believe will help others or make the community a better place to live. A full list and description of the projects can be found on our project page.

Our public education system is the foundation of our democracy and the cauldron of the “melting pot”. We believe that public and private schools must incorporate social-emotional learning, empathy, compassion, and citizenship in school curriculums to develop students leaders will who combat racism, bigotry, and hate. If we fail to do this, we miss an opportunity to have a profound impact on the kind of world that our children will live in.

OUR HISTORY

CCSR Founded

The CCSR is founded in 2013 made possible by a grant of $50,000 from Bloomberg Philanthropies

CSSR Awarded Cummings Grant

In the Spring of 2017, the CCSR is awarded the 100k For 100 Cummings Grant

Krystle Campbell

In the Spring of 2018, the CCSR announced its partnership with the Krystle Campbell Foundation. Read more about it here

CCSR Expands to all schools in Medford

In 2018, the CCSR has expanded to every school in Medford
The CCSR was made possible by an unrestricted donation of $50,000 by Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2012. In 2016, the Cummings Foundation awarded the CCSR with a $100,000 (over three years) grant to continue our mission. 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.

In September of 2018, the CCSR received a donation of $125,000 from the Boston Foundation in the name of Krystle Campbell Community Betterment Project which will support student-created projects that will help make the world a better place to live. One of these community betterment projects will be the development of student advocacy clubs for the protection of the environment. We are creating building based clubs with the acronym SAFE (students advocating for the environment) that will engage in informing the public and students of the imminent threat that global warming presents to the world. As well as working on projects that reduce air and water pollution.

GOALS

Character

We want our students to be able to act with integrity, respect, and responsibility

Citizenship

Our goal is to foster our students into being responsible citizens in a global society

Service

The student-led projects are an outlet to allow the students themselves to become leaders and provide service to their communities

CCSR Videos

Check out the following videos to learn more about our organization