Alternative Education


Working with the mothers in the Family Mentoring Program on their goals for themselves and their children, we identified access to quality education as critical to breaking the cycle of poverty. The public schools in East St. Louis have a long history of failing to provide an education that prepares children for college or the job market. So, in 2006 Join Hands started the Alternative Education Program, making a commitment to the women in our Family Mentoring Program to send their children to private school. Join Hands also provides education advocacy services for children in the Family and Teen Mentoring programs to ensure that each child receives the services they need to be successful in school. We currently have 20 children enrolled in private schools through AEP and 80 children receiving education advocacy services.

The mothers in our Family Mentoring Program know only too well the failures of the East St. Louis School System. Products of the system themselves, they find themselves in remedial courses in college, or, not having graduated from high school, they struggle to attain their GED. Realizing that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, both for our mothers and for their children, Join Hands is committed to providing an opportunity for qualified moms from our Family Mentoring Program to send their children to private school.

The families who qualify for our Alternative Education Program are committed to providing a better life for their children through a private school education. Parents agree to pay a portion of the tuition and, in lieu of what they cannot pay, they commit to continued participation in the Join Hands Family Mentoring Program and a certain number of volunteer hours at the school their children attend.



JOIN HANDS ESL’S ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM is giving you the opportunity to be the one to change the life and future of a child in need. As an education sponsor, you can give one child hope and a chance to escape the failings of the East St. Louis public schools, a chance to escape poverty. You can help send them to a local highly regarded private school that will help them to reach their full potential.

AlternativeEducation3With a recurring monthly donation of $25 to $500 you can help fund one child’s tuition and make a tremendous difference in the life of a child. Become a sponsor today and we’ll send you a picture and profile of your sponsored child.

This is a wonderful and personal way for one individual or family or group to make a huge difference to one child’s future.