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- Division of Continuing Studies:
- The UW Odyssey Project offers a free humanities course for adult students facing economic barriers to college, helping them overcome adversity and achieve dreams through higher education. As students discuss Shakespeare, Socrates, Martin Luther King, and others, they find a voice and a new sense of hope. Students receive free tuition, textbooks, materials, and childcare. Each year since 2003, 30 students have been accepted into this award-winning program. As one student wrote, “The Odyssey Project helped me unwrap my gifts and rewrite the story of my life.” (Contact: Emily Auerbach)
- Odyssey Junior provides enrichment to children and grandchildren of Odyssey students and alumni. While the adult class is meeting in The Partnership space on Wednesday nights, children are engaging in work on literature, art, writing, music, theatre, science, and other subjects. Odyssey Junior takes place in three nearby locations: children ages 2 through kindergarten (“Odyssey Jumpstart”) are in the Head Start classrooms; children grades 1–5 (“Odyssey Explorers”) meet in the UW Space Place; and children grades 6–12 (“Odyssey Junior Teens”) meet in the Goodman South Madison Library. This year, 55 children ages 2–18 are participating in Odyssey Junior.
- Onward Odyssey provides graduates of the Odyssey Project with continued support as they continue on their journeys. In The Partnership space, two targeted UW courses are offered to Odyssey alumni: a summer program training 12 Odyssey graduates to become special education teacher aides fast-tracked to employment in the school district, and a spring course giving 20 alumni intensive work with composition.
- PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization serving more than 900 lifelong learners in and around Dane County. Most members are approaching or actively enjoying retirement. All share a passion for learning and a desire to stay engaged with the world and with others who share their interests. No formal education or university affiliation is necessary to join. (Contact: Rick Orton)
- Millionaires Club, a program by Asset Builders of America Inc., focuses on financial literacy, academic achievement, and youth development. The program, which meets every second Sunday of the month, is geared toward middle and high school youth, but parents often attend the sessions with their children. Millionaires Club prepares youth for post-secondary education, as evidenced by three alumni who currently attend UW–Madison. In keeping with the goals of The Partnership, Millionaires Club conducts specific outreach to Odyssey students and their children and encourages their participation. (Contact: Bob Wynn)
- Morgridge Center for Public Service provides classroom space for service-learning courses, bring together UW–Madison students with a number of different community partners. (Contact: Beth Tryon)
Health & Nutrition
- African American Breastfeeding Alliance of Dane County, Inc, is a group that provides education, support, and resources to African American women who are interested in improving health of the African American population by encouraging breastfeeding the child. (Contact: Hershey Barnett-Bridges)
- Building Food Justice Capacity in South Madison, funded by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, is a capstone undergraduate course that works to improve access to healthy food via sustainable, urban agriculture. The class project builds food justice capacity in South Madison by forging a network of entrepreneurship opportunities in the field of urban agriculture for formerly incarcerated citizens while improving healthy food access to the broader South Madison community. (Contact: Lexa Dundore)
- Dane County African American Cancer Outreach Project is a culturally competent education initiative designed to increase cancer awareness and improve screening practices among African Americans in Dane County. (Contact: Erin Bailey)
- Market Basket Program seeks to make fresh food/produce available to low-income families, and the SMP serves as a site for basket ordering and pick-up. Baskets can be ordered through the Market Basket Program website. (Contact: Ariel Kaufman)
- Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) offers memory care services to South Madison residents, including workshops and consultation to older adults and their families. This year, the ADRC also provides free exercise courses to older adults at the Partnership. (Contact: Fabu Carter)
- Economic Justice Institute is dedicated to serving low-income and other underrepresented clients in matters designed to enhance access to justice and economic security. The Economic Justice Institute (EJI) is home to the law school’s civil, anti-poverty clinical programs (contact: Mitch):