EDUCATION GOAL #1: Assure access to extracurricular services and programming (pre-K through post-secondary) that prepare disadvantaged students to learn and enhance academic achievement.

Illustrative grants: Kids Food Basket – Distribute through schools healthy sack suppers for students; Close Up Foundation and Ottawa Hills High School  – Tuition assistance for economically-disadvantaged high school students to attend the Washington DC program; West Michigan Refugee Education & Cultural Center – Comprehensive educational support and youth development services to refugee children; Grand Rapids Community College Foundation – Peer support and mentorship for African-American male students; Franciscan Life Center  – Music therapy for children with autism.

EDUCATION GOAL #2: Support effective strategies for involvement by adult care-givers and mentors in children’s education, especially in public schools with diverse student populations.

Illustrative grants: Literacy Center of West Michigan – Strengthen reading and language level of parents and increase the number of literacy activities in the home;Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities – Student mentoring collaborative; Roosevelt Park Ministries – English language literacy program for adult learners.

Stories about the Wege Foundation's commitment to Education