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Stoughton Area
Community Foundation

Stoughton, WI 53589
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Eyes of Hope Stoughton, Inc.

P.O. Box 91
Stoughton, WI 53589

Phone: 815-298-1567
Contact Name: Laura Roeven
Executive Director
Organization Profile
Grants Info
G2G/Stoughton After School Initiative/ Hope Tutors - 2022 Amount Funded: $5,000.00
G2G, After School Initiative (ASI), and Hope Tutors are after-school programs. Our purpose is to encourage the development of academics, strength, confidence, honesty and service by creating a close-knit community connecting students and mentors. Our programs encourage self-esteem in dialog and trust in a variety of ways: friendship, play, role models, experiences, and connection.Eyes of Hope believes these programs benefit the whole community by providing our young people a place to explore new ideas, build positive relationships with adults and opportunities to serve. Girl2Girl is the same successful model for the last 14 years running with SACF’s support. We meet every week alternating middle and high school groups to cook, foster friendship, have field trips and fun. We create a space of belonging that connects students with community and new experiences. We start every meeting with “What’s you high today? What’s your low today? Question of the day to learn more about you.” Sharing and listening are powerful gifts. Snacks are followed with field trips, cooking or crafts. The Stoughton After-School Initiative, a collaboration between Eyes of Hope Inc. and Mosaico’s Cultural Enrichment Corporation, will provide after-school programming in three locations within the Stoughton community in its first year. The goal is to improve academic, social, and emotional skills post-COVID for children in grades K-5, from the community’s most vulnerable populations.The structured 2 hour routine consists of snack and sharing, movement and play at 3 rotating stations, and mindfulness circle time to finish.Each location will have 4 paid staff to partner with students in programming centered on play, nature and nutrition. Hope Tutors will be a virtual opportunity to connect every student who wants a tutor to have one. We will train students and community members through Avante academics.Holly Tellendar maintain a database of sliding scale trained tutors for Stoughtons community.
Eyes of Hopes 3 programs meet after school to provide students in Stoughtons community with support.We believe that consistent experiences and thriving relationships are key to belonging.Our goal is to provide safe spaces for Stoughtons youth to develop their voices to change the world. We have 3 programs that will connect over 100 youth and adults in Stoughtons community. Girl-2-Girl provides after school activities for 15 middle and high school girls by 6 volunteer mentors. We meet weekly to discuss self-esteem, well-being, goals, and healthy relationships. Everyone can safely share what happens in school, at home and in interpersonal relationships. Girl2Girl offers over 100 hours of mentor/programming annually. We accomplish building community, connection, a belief in self to accomplish goals, and confidence. This program costs $5,000. After School Initiative is a new program that provides free after school programming with paid staff at 3 locations in Stoughton. We estimate 50 youth who qualify for free and reduced lunch to be able to enroll in a 2 day a week 2hr program at three locations. The Department of Health Services Grant awarded $70,800 for 7 paid staff and supplies but does not allow a food stipend. We are seeking funding for snacks. Finally, Hope Tutors is a new program that seeks to connect any student with tutors to support students and community members to participate powerfully in mentor/student relationships that build connection, wellbeing, achievement and empowerment. The Eyes of Hope Community Tutoring Program has three main goals: 1.Identify appropriate candidates and train them to be virtual tutors/mentors to K-12 aged students in Stoughton. 2.Maintain a database of tutors/mentors to share with community members seeking tutors in a variety of academic subjects. 3.Provide compensation and ongoing training and support for student tutors. Expected numbers of support are over 100 in our first year.