Hands On Atlanta Awarded National Education Grant


Hands On Atlanta was awarded a competitive, national grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support Hands On Atlanta’s school-based AmeriCorps program

Hands On Atlanta is honored to announce that they have been awarded grant from the GA Commission for Service and Volunteerism (GCSV)  The GCSV receives funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Hands On Atlanta’s AmeriCorps program, which has been running for over 20 years, was one of only two Georgia organizations to receive the national, competitive funding from the CNCS.

At Hands On Atlanta, AmeriCorps members support the academic, social and emotional, and basic needs of economically-disadvantaged elementary and middle school students in City of Atlanta, Fulton County, DeKalb County, and Cobb County, Georgia through two main programs.

First, AmeriCorps members serve with teachers and instructional coaches to provide small-group literacy and math tutoring during school hours for grades K-8. Second, using accredited curricula, AmeriCorps members help students increase social skill development, with a focus on peer-to-peer relationships, and teach students how to manage emotions such as anger or frustration.

In addition to these two programs, many AmeriCorps members also support Hands On Atlanta’s weekend enrichment program, Discovery, in which students in grades K-5 receive mentoring, STEM training, and fitness/nutrition lessons every other Saturday morning.

“We’re incredibly thankful for the continued partnership with GCVS and CNCS. With the increased funding and national recognition, we are able to expand our program’s reach and impact across Atlanta. It is inspiring to see our nearly 40 AmeriCorps members serve at high-need schools, dedicating their time, talents, and passion to improve the educational landscape across the city. Because of this funding we were able to expand to additional districts and schools this year, ultimately reaching more children with engaging tutoring and social emotional learning support,” said Lindsey Baker, Director of Programs at Hands On Atlanta. 

Volunteer alongside some of our AmeriCorps members at one of our Saturday, Discovery sessions and get to know more about their work!