Community Development

Community Development at Great Oaks

The Great Oaks Foundation is increasingly prioritizing its efforts to expand its impact beyond the walls of its
schools. This has taken a different form in each community where we operate, and includes real estate initiatives
and community partnerships such as the following

GOLCS’ downtown middle school campus is located in Teachers Village, a mixed used community in downtown Newark that consists of three charter schools and 204 units of rental housing occupied by educators, including many Great Oaks AmeriCorps Tutor Corps members.


GO—NYC engages in partnerships with organizations such as Grand Street Settlement, which has provided youth, health and wellness, and community services to the Lower East Side of NYC since 1916.


GO—WIL is housed in the Community Education Building, an 11-story, 281,000 sf building donated by Bank of America to provide space for Wilmington Schools.


GO—BPT will find a home in the Cherry Street Lofts in West Bridgeport beginning in 2018. The development will have a 65,000 sf school facility and 311 units of mixed income housing geared toward the Bridgeport workforce and Great Oaks tutors.


AmeriCorps awarded our network a grant of over $10,000,000 this year, allowing us to deploy over 270 recent college graduates to serve our students as tutors. Many of these individuals will remain in the cities where they work after their year of service, positively impacting our schools and communities for years to come.


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