A project of Hands On Atlanta, Inc.
Our Mission:Hands On Atlanta builds community and meets critical needs through volunteer service and civic engagement.
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School Based Programming
Hands On Atlanta’s schools program provides the financial and human capital necessary to effect positive change in our education system. Donor funds leverage additional investments from the school and the AmeriCorps program. In addition to financial support, corporate donors can make ongoing employee volunteer commitments for structured weekday or flexible weekend tutoring for students scoring below grade level. AmeriCorps members serve as catalysts, unifying parental, business and community involvement, while addressing critical issues and providing the essential infrastructure for volunteer mobilization. Program components include:
After School Enrichment Program: From school’s dismissal to 6 pm each weekday, the After School Enrichment Program provides structured homework time and an array of educational, recreational and character-building activities. The program is intended to reinforce daytime curriculum while making school and learning more enjoyable.
Discovery Program: Complementing weekday tutoring, Hands On Atlanta’s Discovery program is a Saturday morning enrichment program for public school students. Discovery mixes one-on-one tutoring sessions with lively enrichment activities and serves nearly 1,000 socio-economically challenged students each week.
The success of AmeriCorps members and community volunteers at area schools has been evidenced by improved scores and positive feedback from school staff. Glenora Beckham, Project GRAD Facilitator at T.H. Slater Elementary, shared, “Their involvement in the tutoring process has helped many of our struggling first graders catch up and get on grade level in reading.” Each year, the majority of mentored students are identified as performing substantially below acceptable academic standards. Last year, following involvement in Hands On Atlanta’s school programs, 75% of participating first graders met or exceeded state standards on the reading strand of the CRCT.
"...I had many accomplishments during my service as a AmeriCorps member and some are still in progress. I have started a book club of 2nd and 3rd grade students that meet every Friday during club time. I am able to help build their vocabulary while using our imaginations. I also serve as a Grade Captain at Belmont Hills Elementary School. I created lesson plans that are educational, fun, and innovative. I am able to serve in the county where I live, and bring my sons as well. My children are able to see how important education is while spending some much needed time iwth me. I am currently collaborating with the local community and creating a signature project for boys and girls of Jones Elementary School. We will be focusing on promoting positive self-esteem and good hygiene. I believe that it will have a lasting impact on the students by helping build their dreams, self-image, and esteem..."-Natarsha Miller (AmeriCorps Member)