About Schools of Hope

Schools of Hope AmeriCorps Project (SOH) provides literacy tutoring to kindergarten through fifth grade students in the Madison and Sun Prairie school districts in Wisconsin. Our mission is to promote the academic achievement of students through an evidence-based model of tutoring intervention, fueled by impassioned AmeriCorps members and committed community volunteers. Although remote learning has altered our strategy for the 2020-2021 school year, we are still dedicated to providing meaningful one-on-one literacy tutoring to students in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

SOH began in 1995 as a civic journalism project. Since 1998, Schools of Hope has received funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Gradually, SOH has developed into a unique collaboration between United Way of Dane County, Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), and the Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD). 

For the 2020-2021 school year, we currently have six passionate AmeriCorps members serving in elementary school sites throughout the Madison area. Some members are supporting students in schools with MSCR Cares, and others are focusing primarily on virtual learning support. Every year, our service members wear multiple hats and take on many tasks within their school. From matching community volunteers with students, to helping low-income families build home library collections, to writing and performing raps for kids about their racial identity, to becoming an integral member of the school community, SOH Tutor Coordinators are so much more than just tutors. (Although we definitely spend a lot of our time tutoring).

Interested in joining the team? Please visit our website to learn more about how to become an AmeriCorps member or tutor with Schools of Hope.