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 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.

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    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.

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.

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.