Schools of Hope is a unique collaboration of the Madison Metropolitan School District, United Way of Dane County, and local area non-profit agencies serving children and youth. Its mission is to work with school staff to increase the academic performance of students of color and those from low-income families.
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The elementary Schools of Hope Project includes Centro Hispano of Dane County as its key community partner. Led by a team of AmeriCorps members based in elementary schools, volunteer tutors are matched with children in need of additional help with reading and math. The Project currently serves students in the Madison, Middleton and Sun Prairie school districts, working closely with school staff to deliver high-quality academic support.

How Do I Become a Tutor?

Community volunteer tutors are welcomed in our schools.  You do not need to have prior experience in tutoring or any formal training.  Schools of Hope will offer you a variety of methods for receiving adequate orientation and training in order to feel comfortable in your role as a tutor.

You start by completing an application and a disclosure form. Based on your time availability and where you are interested in tutoring, we will match you with a school.  Our tutor coordinator will meet with you and then match you with a student or students.

Tutors need to be high school age or above, pass a criminal background check, and be willing to spend at least one hour each week tutoring for at least one semester. Tutoring sessions are held during the school day (approximately 8:00 am - 3:00 pm). Tutors are encouraged to attend a two-hour training which is offered two times a year at no cost to the volunteer.

Literacy and math tutors work with students in one-on-one and one-on-two settings under the direction of the classroom teacher. Tutors work with the same student(s) weekly and are able to forge relationships with students and see their progress throughout the year. Tutor trainings are offered regularly, and cover both basic and advanced aspects of literacy tutoring. Read the complete job description.

The Schools of Hope Project can find a tutoring opportunity that fits your schedule and is just right for you. Contact us at (608) 441-7895 or email