A child who cannot read will someday become an adult who cannot read.
We’re putting Hope in Action to remedy that.
We are excited to announce the OCCDA has opened Schools of Hope, a nationally recognized and very successful reading program for children in grades 1–3 at International Academy at Hull in Benton Harbor. We are partnering with Benton Harbor area schools: school administrators and teachers, along with faith based organizations and church congregations to provide an equal chance for academic success to children, regardless of race, economic status, or geographic location of their schools.
Until Grade 3, children are learning to read. After third grade, they are also reading to learn.
Schools of Hope is:
- Research-based for high quality and effectiveness
- An after-school program
- 2 hours / 4 days a week
- teacher-led with parent and community involvement
Through your generosity
Summer of Hope PROGRAM DAYS/TIMES
- Monday–Thursday, 4–6 p.m.
- Sample Schedule:
- Arrival (10 minutes): Snack
- 90 minutes: Curriculum
- 20 minutes: Faith-Based Lesson (opt-in component of program)
Schools of Hope works, VOLUNTEER!
Volunteers come from all walks of life and education levels, you do not have to be a teacher…just have a passion to make a difference in the life of one child! Schools of Hope coordinators provide lesson plans and materials for volunteers. An initial 90-minute training session provides the basic skills volunteers need to be effective tutors.
- Required training
- Help with snacks, support staff/lessons, read with children, faith-based component delivery.
The faith-based lesson is offered as an option for families, not a requirement for Schools of Hope participation.
- High school students through senior citizens
- Available after school
- Willing to travel to Schools of Hope site
- Clear both Michigan State Police and Child Abuse and Neglect background checks
Literacy can be the difference between the poverty of one generation and the hope of the next one – make a difference in this generation and share the gift of literacy!
After School Literacy:
Why is the OCCDA involved in Grades 1-3 literacy?
- Because it aligns with our focus: Every Benton Harbor resident is prepared for further education, life and work, while experiencing the love of Jesus.
- We want all children to have an equal chance for academic success regardless of race, economic status or geographical location of their schools.
- A child must learn to read by 3rd Grade in order to read to learn in future grades.
What is the OCCDA’s Literacy Program?
- We are partnering with United Way of Southwest Michigan and Benton Harbor Public Schools to duplicate a model used by United Way in Grand Rapids Public Schools since 2008.
- Youth Education for Tomorrow (YET) was chosen by United Way as its after school reading intervention, researched and designed by Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) in Philadelphia.
- It is a program designed to reach children one or more reading levels behind in reading.
- YET research-based model shows elementary-aged children who participate for approximately 180 days gain an average of 1.4 years of academic achievement for each year of participation.
- Grand Rapids achieved 1.55 years of reading growth during the 2008-2009 pilot year. 2009-2010 data revealed 1.27 years of reading growth.