Jesse Nocon -- Citizen Schools

Jesse Nocon
​Organization: Citizen Schools

During my time as a Citizen Schools teach and coach, I have been able to teach the five values of rugby: integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline. I get the most joy, however, out of seeing a kid who has not necessarily excelled in sports before get joy from exercise. 
I’ve learned that I have a great deal more patience than I originally thought. Bill Good, my boss, started the Citizen School Rugby apprenticeship six or seven years ago. As a part of my job responsibilities, I was tasked with finding Citizen Teachers for the Boston area programs. He encouraged me to volunteer and get involved after his positive experiences with Citizen Schools.  In addition to developing some great professional skills and contacts, Citizen Schools has become a part of my weekly life in Boston.
I know I have made an impact in many kids’ lives, and when I run into former students around Boston their enthusiasm and excitement about rugby and their time in my apprenticeship is clear and awesome. I have also gained a number of friends that I continue to hang out with outside of Citizen Schools. 
Everyone should consider volunteering because there is a child out there who needs your support.  Seeing young people gain confidence throughout the semester is an amazing reward.  One person can truly make a difference in a child’s life and inspire them to grow academically and personally. 

Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit