WINNER: Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Challenge Winners
Points of Light developed the HandsOn Schools program to increase children's success in school by engaging caring adults in education. Through HandsOn Schools, Points of Light will place about 70 AmeriCorps VISTA members in 26 underserved communities around the country. VISTAs will be responsible for creating local advisory councils consisting of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. The local advisory councils will work with the VISTAs to identify community solutions for supporting student success and engaging parents and community members in the schools, as well as offering services to parents. Partner sites and VISTAs will deeply engage parents and community members as volunteers and train them to be volunteer leaders, thereby imparting them with skills that will help ensure the sustainability of the community’s efforts to improve student success.