Odyssey Awarded a $100,000 NEH Matching Grant!
Donate today and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a National Endowment for the Humanities matching grant for the Odyssey Junior youth enrichment program. Click here to learn more.
To donate, mail a check to the Odyssey Project, Inc. with “Odyssey Junior Match” in the memo line to:
UW Odyssey Project
21 N. Park St, Room 7468
Madison, WI 53715
Or give online here (put “Odyssey Junior match” in the instructions field):
“Mom, I’m doing homework just like you.” This giving season, help families like Jalisa’s overcome adversity by giving the gift of education. In the UW Odyssey Project Project, returning adult students discuss Plato, Thomas Jefferson, and Maya Angelou while their children in Odyssey Junior write, make art, and build strong friendships. Whole families are transformed and your gift makes it possible. Please give today!
The Odyssey Project sets students on the path to continuing their education, and many students have gone on to earn degrees. This semester, Keena Atkinson (Odyssey Class of 2010) graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in psychology. Read her story here and see her story featured on Channel 3 news! Six Odyssey graduates received Associate's degrees this month from Madison College.
Our Odyssey Junior program, which is open to children and grandchildren of Odyssey students and alumni, has expanded this year to include over 50 new students. Check out the Oracle Junior for pictures of the children and writing samples from some of the students.
Thanks to many individual donors and to grants from American Girl's Fund for Children, Blackhawk Church, and Attic Angel Association for supporting Odyssey Junior. Your support is making this exciting new program possible!
Odyssey in the News
Check out our newsletter to meet this year's class!
The UW-Odyssey Project changes lives for adults near the poverty level. Now in its thirteenth year, this inspirational project has empowered more than 300 low-income adults to find their voices and get a jumpstart at earning college degrees they never thought possible. Graduates of the program have journeyed from homelessness to UW-Madison degrees, from incarceration to meaningful work in the community.
Documentary about UW Odyssey
See the documentary that aired on
the BIG TEN NETWORK!
"This film makes me cry and jump for joy every time I watch it," commented one donor.
Odyssey Project Honored with National Award
Odyssey director Emily Auerbach accepted the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in Orlando on Sunday, November 2nd. This award honors "significant contributions to increasing diversity and access in the public higher education community."
Article Celebrates Odyssey Students' Poetry
Capital City Hues features poetry from each student in the Odyssey Class of 2015.
Odyssey Generational Effect
I am blessed to be in the Odyssey Project. This is my bridge towards breaking a horrible cycle of poverty. Everything that I learn I come back after class and teach my children about. My hope is that they retain this amazing information so that they recognize how amazing they are and how much they are loved. ~Charllienne Cotto
Read about more Odyssey families in our student newsletter from December 2013.