"Providing a hand-up, not a hand-out!" - Dr. Tony Evansimage


Our Program

Here's How It Works

Pastors and/or church leaders form a partnership with their "adopted" public school principal. The principal identifies specific areas where church volunteers are needed. The participating church provides properly screened and trained volunteers to offer general help to students.

General Volunteers or Mentors, What Is Right For Me?

The Pastor decides if they want to offer general volunteers or a specific mentoring program. This decision may be due in part to capacity, preference, past experience or number of volunteers available. General volunteers need to commit to one full school semester, mentors are committed to a full school year (two semesters).

General volunteers work with larger groups of students and mentors work with the same small group of students (minimum of two, maximum of four).

General Volunteers

General volunteers can offer some of the following services: hallway, playground, technology, book club, chess club, literacy help, study hall, lunch room and/or classroom support. Churches can also provide other assistance to their "adopted" public school(s) as determined by the principal, such as providing backpacks and school supplies.


Mentors are trained to effectively work with small groups of students and are provided specific curriculum to help students develop life skills and character education.

Church and Public School Partnerships

We encourage partnerships between Wisconsin's churches and their local public schools. We provide training for properly screened church volunteers. Our Trainer, Dr. Jillynn Peeples, is the Assistant Principal and Curriculum Director at New Testament Christian Academy (K-8 grades) at New Testament Church in Milwaukee. She also has two years of experience coordinating a church/public school mentoring program, as well as being a mentor for high school students. For more information about signing up your church or school, please contact the Oneness School Initative.

Oneness School Initiative Wisconsin

The Oneness School Initiative was established with the goal of helping Wisconsin public school students by replicating the success that the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative has had in the Dallas Public School District. We are able to create an affordable, scalable program for Wisconsin's churches to "adopt" their local public school(s). The adoptive relationship between the church and the public school then becomes the vehicle by which church members can be trained and effectively aid the students of that school.