Citizen Schools 8GA Writing Coach Opportunity

The Writ­ing Coach Pro­gram, also known as 8th Grade Acad­emy (8GA), pairs a stu­dent writ­ing coach with an 8th grade stu­dent from Orchard Gar­dens Mid­dle School. As a writ­ing coach, you help improve stu­dents’ per­sua­sive essay writ­ing skills and help pre­pare them for high school and their longer term goals. In fact, Citizen Schools impact results show that their par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents have a 20% higher grad­u­a­tion rate.

Are you interested in helping improve students’ writing skills? More details and sign up information is available below!


Fill out the online application ASAP and sign up for a orientation at the Citizen Schools headquarters if you are a new writing coach. The online application will ask you to confirm a time to participate in the training. If you are unable to make the trainings options provided, or if the trainings have passed, please email Carolyn Navikonis at carolynnavikonis@citizenschools.org.

In addition to the training at Citizen Schools HQ, there will also be a 60 minute Writing Program Partner Welcome session to take place the week of 9/26 on Northeastern’s campus.

The planned writing coach dates for the full academic year are as follows: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23. The coaching sessions will occur from approximately 2:45-4:15pm on Northeastern’s campus.

Once you have completed the online application above, please fill out the Interest Form Survey so we are able to appropriately match you with a student.

For more information, email Rachel Loo (loo.r@husky.neu.edu).