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Mission Statement

The Equal Access to Education Service Corps program strives to understand the issues affecting access to education at all ages in the Fox Cities. Our mission is to provide opportunities for Lawrentians and the greater Fox Cities to work together in combating matters that hinder access to education. Currently, we hold partnerships with the Appleton and Kaukauna Area School Districts and the Fox Valley Literacy Council. 

Volunteers in Tutoring At Lawrence (VITAL)

Mission:

The VITAL program is a free service provided by Lawrence University that matches K-12 grade students from Appleton schools with the greatest academic need to Lawrence student volunteer tutors. A background check is required of all volunteers. Tutors are required to meet with their tutees at least once a week for 30 minutes. Currently, this program is operating remotely using Google Meets and Zoom.

Volunteer hours are submitted to the tutor’s academic record and can fulfill various organization requirements. Through individual tutor-tutee relationships, VITAL is committed to encouraging all students to persevere in their studies and have confidence in their work. The VITAL program also greatly benefits participating tutors as they learn to express clearly and communicate effectively with their tutees.

First Of Many

Mission:

First of Many is a mentorship program that matches first-generation college students at Lawrence University with potential first-generation students at Kaukauna High School. A background check is required of all volunteers. Through this 10-week program, matches meet virtually once per week for roughly 30-60 minutes to discuss topics including the FAFSA, college applications, and scholarships.

Volunteer hours are submitted to the mentor’s academic record and can fulfill various organization requirements. Through mentorship, the First of Many program seeks to identify and reduce barriers for first-generation students by providing them with support and resources. Apply here.

Fox Valley Literacy Council (Adult Tutoring)

Mission:

Fox Valley Literacy provides both Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning through trained volunteer tutors who teach adult learners one-on-one. The Fox Valley Literacy Council shares the power of learning to transform lives and enrich the community. Improving literacy skills empower individuals to be better employees, parents, and community members.

You don’t have to have teaching experience or know a foreign language to volunteer through this program. The 14-hour training program is designed for anyone. Interested volunteers should complete these steps to begin.

The Appleton Area School District (AASD)

Mission:

AASD takes pride in providing high-quality tutoring programs: United for Reading Success and Math Achievement Partnership. Both programs align well with what is being taught in the classroom, resulting in enhanced student learning by utilized best practices for how kids learn.

Volunteers model the joy of reading and math while supporting the child’s efforts to read and complete math problems independently. Through AASD, volunteers tutor a child in math or reading for up to five 30-minute sessions each week.