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The Schools of Hope AmeriCorps Project's mission is to work with school staff to increase the literacy skills of students of color and those from low-income families. The Project currently serves students in Madison, Middleton, and Sun Prairie. The program is a collaboration of United Way of Dane County, Madison Metropolitan School District, and Centro Hispano, and supported by the Sun Prairie and Middleton-Cross Plains school districts.
Volunteer tutors are trained and matched with elementary school children in need of additional help with reading. The program works closely with school staff to deliver high-quality academic support for students. AmeriCorps members serve as tutor coordinators in the schools. They are responsible for the recruitment, placement, and support of a diverse pool of community volunteers that includes parents, family members, university students, businesses, faith communities, neighborhood residents, and older adults. There are several components to the Schools of Hope Project: * Trained 1-on-1 to 1-on-3 volunteer tutors for elementary students Ongoing tutor training sessions provided by school district professionals * Tutoring sessions guided by materials provided by the classroom teacher * Books of Hope Bags containing books, supplies & activities for students to keep at home, including bilingual books and activities * Support for school-based family literacy programs