Michigan Education Corps

Michigan Education Corps
Service Area: Statewide

Learning to read by grade three is a critical benchmark that marks the shift from students learning to read to students reading to learn. Students who do not read proficiently by grade three are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school. The Michigan Education Corps, administered by Hope Network, is a replication of the transformational Minnesota Reading Corps. The Michigan Education Corps will have 49 full-time and 32 half-time AmeriCorps members who will be trained and coached by literacy experts. These members will become an extension of the instructional capacity of K-3rd grade classrooms in 15 cities across lower Michigan. At the end of the program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for advancing 2,118 students toward becoming proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 405 volunteers who will be engaged in volunteer activities that span a variety of community needs, including literacy, homelessness, food insecurity, safety, physical fitness, and disaster response.

Contact: 
Hope Network
3075 Orchard Vista Dr.
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Tom Bobo, Program Director
tbobo@hopenetwork.org 
Phone: (616) 490-4529