Address: 1530 W. Atkinson Avenue (East of 15th Street and Atkinson Avenue on the North Side of the street)
Transportation: By Bus: Take route 19 North from Wisconsin and Plankinton to 15th Street and Atkinson Avenue.
Orientation: On the first day of service learning with the St. Mark Tutoring Program. Orientation to include overview of St. Mark A.M.E. Church including a history of the St. Mark Tutoring Program, Tour of St. Mark’s campus, introduction to the staff, review expectations/ procedures/complete paperwork and meet students.
Days/Hours of Operation: Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Description of Agency/Activities: St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is the first African American church built in Wisconsin in 1886. Ezekiel Gillespie was a Milwaukee freedman, shopkeeper and a cofounder of St. Mark A.M.E. Church. Gillespie is most known for suing the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the 1860’s for the right to vote and won. This gave African American men the right to vote in Wisconsin for the first time. St. Mark AME Church, the "Church of the Anvil", is located at 1616 W. Atkinson Ave., Milwaukee, WI. The St. Mark Tutoring Program’s aim is to provide free homework help and tutoring to students in the surrounding community. The St. Mark Tutoring Program is located at the Lovell Johnson Quality of Life Center #2 on St. Mark’s campus, located at 1530 W. Atkinson Avenue. The program provides homework help and tutoring to grades 1 thru 12 primarily in the areas of reading, writing, math and science.
Student Role: Service Learners will be helping students in the after school tutorial program with homework and helping the students build upon their academic skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, computers, and foreign language.
Commitment: Following Orientation and Training, Service Learners are asked to commit 24 hours per week. Students committing to the Tutoring Program are expected to complete all orientation and training sessions. Regular attendance is very important at this site. Thorough background checks will be conducted. This site is looking for students that are dedicated and committed to working with a diverse community of students.