The Schools of Hope AmeriCorps Project (SOH) is a dynamic community partnership which has developed an evidence-based model of tutoring intervention fueled by impassioned AmeriCorps members and committed community volunteers. SOH began in 1995 as a civic journalism project that developed into a unique collaboration of the United Way of Dane County, Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), and is also supported by the Sun Prairie Area School District.
Its mission is to provide literacy tutoring support to improve the academic achievement of kindergarten through fifth grade students. Since 1998 Schools of Hope has received funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, first as an AmeriCorps VISTA project and since 2007 as an AmeriCorps program. Members serve as tutor coordinators in designated high-need schools, directing their considerable energy and talent toward advancing literacy achievement by matching skilled volunteers with students, providing direct tutoring service themselves, and helping low-income families build home library collections.
Schools of Hope values all students, partners, volunteers, and applicants within this program with equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion. The United Way of Dane County and Schools of Hope recognize racism as a public health crisis, understands racism as a root cause of inequity in our society, stands in total opposition to all acts of racism and discrimination and is actively working to become anti-racist. We envision a Dane County where everyone can succeed in work, school, and life.
“AmeriCorps provided the perfect opportunity for me to serve others in my community while also exploring my skills and career goals.”
| AmeriCorps Member 2017-2018