Who we are

2016-2017 CCSR Group

The mission of the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CCSR) is to provide instructional resources, activities, coordination, and training to support our mission of developing responsible global citizens who will be positive contributors to society. The Center works with teachers, administrators, students, and community members to develop a system-wide plan to integrate social-emotional learning, financial literacy, citizenship, career awareness, resiliency, and social intelligence into the district curriculum and activities.

We believe that public and private schools must incorporate social and emotional learning in the district curriculum. 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 goal is to motivate and support students across the district to:

  • Act with integrity, respect, and responsibility
  • Be self-aware
  • Recognize personal emotions and how they affect thoughts and behavior
  • Be able to self-manage
  • Have the ability to control impulsive feelings and behaviors
  • Manage emotions in healthy ways
  • Become responsible citizens in a global society
  • Understand how to manage financial resources and the need for financial responsibility
  • Collaborate in diverse groups to share knowledge
  • Build consensus and achieve a goal
  • Provide leadership in and service to the community of Medford.

Our center is a place that allows students to learn beyond the core curriculum, and take on issues that surround them and their communities every day. The programs associated with the center get students exposed to many new learning topics and opportunities that connect with them emotionally. They will work to act with integrity, respect, and responsibility, while learning how to self-manage and become self-aware.


Over the last three years, the CCSR has collaborated with Medford Public Schools administration and faculty, 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. This year we have organized several highly successful community events, including a Preparing for College Night, hosted by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, an event we called “Supporting a State Without StigMA”, with Mayor Muccini-Burke as our guest speaker, a symposium on Addiction featuring renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Robert Brooks, and most recently a Bloomberg Fair to showcase all of the wonderful projects that our CCSR student leaders worked on during the course of this school year. These student leaders have helped to enrich our schools/community and are a critical factor in our success and the life blood of CSSR.

The CCSR was made possible by an unrestricted donation of $50,000 by Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2012. The organization itself was created in 2013. Since then, the CSSR has funded a multitude of varied and community changing student-led projects, such as establishing a school newspaper, painting murals throughout the school, working with the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) to train and educate school staff and administration on anti-bullying measures, promoting financial literacy for Medford High students, and creating a reading program for low-income Medford Public Schools students, amongst a variety of others. Over the past two years, over 800 students have participated in our mini-courses, clubs and activities, and/or curriculum projects.

In light of all of the terrible national and worldwide tragedies, we strongly believe teaching children and adolescents how to be empathetic and understand the plight of others are imperative to prevent such tragedies from happening again. The CSSR values and nurtures empathy because we understand that if we teach children at a very young age how to help and support each other, our world will undoubtedly be a better place to live.

Current Projects

This year, our student projects range from instructing the elderly on using electronic devices to setting up theater opportunities for local elementary school kids.

Click here to see our current projects for the 2016-2017 school year.

CSSR Members

Elizabeth Carey

My name is Elizabeth Carey and I am a sophomore at Medford High. I am a cheerleader and I am involved in theater at Tufts University and here at the High School.

Jennifer Dossantos

Hi, my name is Jennifer Dossantos. I joined CCSR last year because I wanted to do something that would make the community of Medford a better place.

Jenny Lu

I'm passionate about music and art, as well as being a part of crew. As an activist, I love to participate in political rallies/protests, keep in touch with local news, etc.

Jessica Dossantos

Hi everyone, my name is Jessica Dossantos and I am a sophmore. Through this program, I hope to give back to the community and learn new things along the way.

Megan MacGilvray

Hi, I'm Megan! I am a sophomore at Medford High. I am on the cross country and track teams, and my favorite subject is biology.

Shubbecchha Dhaurali

Hi Everyone! My name is Shubhecchha Dhaurali. My favorite color is purple and I love television. I intend to work in an ER someday and be able to save lives!

Darwin Do

Hi! I'm Darwin and I'm a sophomore at Medford High School. I enjoy hanging out with friends and volunteer at the Museum of Science.

Megan Bouchie

My name is Megan Bouchie and I am a junior at Medford High School. I love listening to music, hanging with my friends, and exploring Boston.

Maya Gomez-Coultas

My name is Maya, I am a sophomore. I am the captain of the crew team and on the swim team.

Willa Driscoll

Hello! I am Willa Driscoll a Sophomore at Medford High School. I love being a part of the CCSR club because I have always taken an interest in social justice and politics, within my own community.

Sandra Figueroa

My name is Sandra Figueroa and I'm a junior. This is my first year being part of CCSR and I'm happy to know that I, along with others are making a difference in our community.

Jasper Su

Welcome to my bio! I'm super extroverted, some may say the class clown. I'm currently a sophomore at MHS, and I play soccer and lacrosse. I also enjoy summer nights and long walks on the beach...

Julia Galebach

I am a sophomore at Medford High and I love traveling and Biology. I also enjoy running as I have participated in the track and cross country team for two years!

Ivy Ho

My name is Ivy Ho. I am a junior at Medford High School. I participate in activites from tutoring to clubs to volunteering to community improvement projects like those created under the CCSR.

Jenna Agnone

Hi! I'm Jenna Agnone, a sophomore at Medford High. I'm in the orchestra and I'm a peer mentor to the freshmen.

Kelly Lam

I am a junior at Medford High School and Asian Club's current treasurer. Outside of school, I enjoy volunteering at miscellaneous local events, drinking tea, and spending time with friends in Boston.

Leena Ziane

I am a senior at Medford High School who enjoys being part of a club that takes pride in social activism and awareness. I also enjoy being part of the Medford Girl's Tennis team, the National Honor Society, and Photography Club!

Lorrhan Ferreira

Hey, my name is Lorrhan Ferreira and I am a student here at Medford High. I love to workout, play sports, and watch football. I am a coffee enthusiast and enjoy spending time with my friends. Go Pats and go CCSR!

Samantha Liu

Hi! My name is Samantha Liu and im a junior at MHS. I play soccer, am part of many clubs such as CCSR and Asian Club. When I'm not at school, I love to cook, binge watch on Netflix, and shop for lots clothes

Ajani Martin-Abascal

Ajani Martin-Abascal is a seventeen year old junior at Medford High. She is an avid reader and music enthusiast. Ajani has been in the CCSR for two years now, and has loved being a part of a community of proactive leaders!

Devin Bombino

Hi I'm Devin. I'm a senior, President of the GSA, and human rights are my passion!

Felipe Oliveira

I am a brazilian immigrant who came to the US at the age of 6. I play soccer but also enjoy playing American sports such as football. I enjoy math and science and hope to be an engineer in the future.

Sebastian Tringale

Sebastian Tringale is a junior at Medford High School, and is interested in studying journalism. Outside of school, Sebastian likes to play the violin and piano, row crew, and enjoy the outdoors.

Tamar Brandes-Krug

Tamar Brandes-Krug is a Junior at Medford High School where she is Co-Captain of the Ethics Bowl team. She is very dedicated to activism and Social Justice. Tamar spends most of her free time drawing, reading and hanging out her friends.

Justin Tseng

I'm Justin Tseng and I'm a junior at Medford High School. I'm also the vice president of the Junior Class and the co-President of Asian Club. I do community service at the local middle school and elementary school, play cello, keep up with politics and news, and just love talking to people. I also have a pet bunny whom I love dearly.

Sarah Bentalha

My name is Omayma Bentalha and I am a junior at Medford High School. Being openminded to other perspectives and opinions on matters from other people is an immensely necessary for me, and that is exactly what I have learned during my 3 years in Medford High School.

Claudiegh Decoline

I'm a senior at Medford High School. Medford is my home. I was raised here and I joined the CCSR to make a positive impact on the Medford community.

Daria Agrba

My name is Daria Agrba. In my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball, tennis, soccer and guitar. In school I love studying sciences and mathematics. I am part of CCSR to help our community and bring more opportunities to our society. I love being part of CCSR because we are more than a group but a family.

Annie Fidelia

Hello, my name is Annie and I joined the CCSR last year so I could be involved in more community based activities. I love to watch anime and I'm learning Japanese in my spare time.

Sophie Liu

Sophie Liu is a driven, hard worker with a passion and love for all things science. She likes to spend her time volunteering and devoting time to friends and family.

Matt Carroll

Matt Carroll is a Junior at Medford High, and has been a member of the CCSR since January of 2016. Co-founder of two CCSR projects, Matt has worked with Jack Egan and Sebastian Tringale to found and develop both the Brooks Elementary School Drama Program and the new print version of the Mustang News, respectively.

Najma Jama

I am a Medford High School Senior, president and founder of the Black Student Union, secretary of the Gay-Straight Alliance, Editor-in-Chief of the digital newspaper Mustang News, and a proud member of the CCSR. The club provides an additional outlet for my social activism, a core identity of mine.

Luiza Barbosa

Hi my name is Luiza Barbosa! I'm am on the varsity crew and swim team. I also like to help others who are in need.

Domenic Avola

Hi! I'm Domenic, currently a senior in highschool. My interests include cooking/baking, reading, and watching movies. In the CCSR, I hope to promote diversity and acceptance, particularly in the LGBTQ+ community.

Antonia Collins

Hi, my name is Antonia Collins and I am a sophomore at MHS. My hobbies include dancing, writing, running, and acting. I joined CCSR last year and have joined again this year. I hope to expand on my project in my Junior and Senior years at Medford High as well.

Molly Stroud

I'm a senior at Medford High and have been a member of the CCSR for two years. In my free time, I am a passionate vegan baker and also like to consider myself a smoothie bowl connoisseur. I can often be found going on photoshoots in the Fells or binge-reading books.

Kaela Malone

I am a junior and the Drum Major of the High School Marching Band. My hobbies include listening to music, playing music, and hanging out with my friends.