Community Partners

The Office of Civic Engagement matches Georgia State University students with elementary school children to increase the children’s reading skills.

What is America Reads? In 1997, President Clinton asked the higher education community to help “build a nation of readers” by establishing America Reads Programs in colleges and universities. In 1994, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data showed that 40% of the nation’s fourth graders were reading below the basic level. As a result, the major objective of America Reads is to have all children reading well and independently by the end of 3rd grade. Students who do not learn efficient reading skills are blocked from every other subject in their schooling.

What can you do? There is a great need for Georgia State University students to commit to read with students throughout the school year. Georgia State University students will be matched with a Reads site and will need to commit to read with students a minimum of one or two hours each week. Students that are eligible for Federal Work Study are encouraged to utilize this opportunity as a part of their financial aid program.

What can my student organization do? This is a great team building opportunity for student organizations. Your organization can choose to do a one day project or make an on-going commitment. There are many possibilities and serving together forms stronger bonds among college students. We are looking for student leaders to step forward and help start a Georgia State University Reading Program. If you are interested, please contact the Office of Civic Engagement.

I think I’d enjoy this, but I’m just not sure… Try us out! Come and volunteer with one of our programs for an afternoon. We are sure that you will enjoy the experience and you will make a commitment to stay. We only ask that as an America Reads tutor, you make an effort to be at your site every week. The children really look forward to you being there and we do not want to let them down.

Where can I go to sign-up? The Office of Civic Engagement is located in Suite 428/429 of the University Center.

The American Red Cross is an international organization that provides care for homeless, wounded or sick people in times of war.

Fulton County Red Cross chapter was first chartered on July 18, 1917. Red Cross workers are trained for various types of disasters which may be caused by radiation, explosive materials, toxic chemicals and weapons of mass destruction. Workers are also trained on more traditional disasters such as tornadoes, earthquakes, home fires and other disasters that threaten the life and well being of humans and communities at large.

The primary goal of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is to improve the quality of life in the Atlanta area. To achieve this goal The Community Foundation connects donors, nonprofits, community leaders and other partners to make philanthropy happen. The Community Foundation helps donors meet their charitable goals by educating them on critical issues and matching them with the right nonprofit organization.

The Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority in philanthropy. It connects non-profit organizations with grant makers. The organization provides non-profits and grant makers with a rich depository of information and other resources they can use. The organization maintains a comprehensive database of United States grant makers and their grants, and it also operates education, research, and training programs to advance philanthropy.

Habitat for Humanity believes that all human beings deserve a simple, decent place to live on terms they can afford to pay. Habitat for Humanity International offers a unique and wonderful opportunity for families in need to build and own their own affordable homes.

Hands On Atlanta is the nation’s largest community based volunteer service organization. Everyday Hands On Atlanta draws people from various works of life together to participate in activities that develop Atlanta communities, strengthen our public schools and support other non-profit organizations. Hands On Atlanta currently offers over 1000 opportunities each month to volunteers.

To find out how you can be involved, please contact us.
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Phone: (404) 979-2800

JumpStart is a non-profit organization working to prepare the American child for success in school. Motivated college students can be a part of this effort by serving as corps members. Corps members play the role of mentors to preschool children in a caring and supportive one-to-one relationship that lasts throughout the school year. College student corps members will engage the children in activities such as one-on-one reading, literacy, language, and social interactions such as singing, finger-plays, movement games, etc.

To find out how you can be involved, please contact us.

Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate young people on how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers, and consumers. Junior Achievement does its work with the help of volunteers that participate in classrooms, make donations or pledges, or work for the organization as staff.

Peace Corps programs have evolved as the world has changed. Countries are increasingly requesting help in new areas such as: business, the environment, urban planning, youth development, and the teaching of English for commerce and technology.

Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG) is a community service research project of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Georgia State University. The organization’s mission is to improve the quality of life for families in which grandparents are raising grandchildren in parent-absent homes. The overarching goal of the program is to strengthen grandparent-headed families by providing social and health services, and improving access to community resources.

Teach For America’s mission is to enlist our nation’s most promising future leaders in the movement to eliminate educational inequality. This is accomplished by building a highly selective national corps of outstanding recent college graduates-of all academic majors and career interests-who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools in our nation’s lowest-income communities and become lifelong leaders for expanding educational opportunity.

The Study Hall at Emmaus House is an after-school program with an academic focus for children from the Peoplestown community, just south of Turner Field. The mission of the Study Hall is to encourage and empower the Peoplestown community children and families to become competitive and productive contributors to society through education and enrichment activities.