Students from class of 2014
Odyssey alum graduating from UW Madison
Odyssey students at Chazen museum
Odyssey Jumpstart
Odyssey class of 2018
Odyssey alum and family
Odyssey alumni
Odyssey director and Odyssey alumni



The award-winning UW-Madison Odyssey Project takes a whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, giving adult and youth learners a voice, and increasing confidence through reading, writing, and speaking.

Now in its seventeenth year, this inspirational project has empowered more than 400 low-income adults to find their voices and get a jump start at earning college degrees they never thought possible. Some graduates of the program have journeyed from homelessness to UW-Madison degrees, or from incarceration to meaningful work in the community.

In this six-credit English literature course, UW-Madison faculty members introduce adults to great works of literature, philosophy, history, and art and help them improve skills in writing and critical thinking.  In class, students read, write about, and engage in lively discussions of Emily Dickinson, Martin Luther King, Walt Whitman, Shakespeare, Lorraine Hansberry and more.

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Odyssey documentary

Click here to watch a documentary about the Odyssey Project that aired on the Big Ten Network!



Your support enables whole families to participate in Odyssey, helping to break a cycle of generational poverty. Make a gift today!

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, Odyssey Class of 2014


Learn more about Odyssey students’ success stories and where they are now here.


Odyssey in the News

Check out articles about the Odyssey Project featured in the Capital Times, Isthmus, Madison Magazine, Wisconsin State Journal, In Business Madison, and more!

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Odyssey alum