January 27, 2020
by Oscar Rennebohm Foundation
The Oscar Rennebohm Foundation has donated $50,000 to the UW-Madison’s Odyssey Project in 2020 in order to help break the cycle of generational poverty with increased access to education.
The gift helps fund programs like the Odyssey class program, humanities classes for adults who experience barriers to higher education; Onward Odyssey, which assists Odyssey alumni in gaining further education; Odyssey Junior, which engages children with educational activities; and Odyssey Beyond Bars, which offers college courses in Wisconsin prisons.
“Our students face enormous obstacles as they try to complete our program, continue in college, and achieve their dreams. This gift will help us ensure the future of our program as we work with a growing number of students who graduate from our award-winning jumpstart program and continue on towards college degrees and their dreams,” says Odyssey Project founder Emily Auerbach.
For 17 years, the Odyssey program has been taking a whole-family approach, providing multiple generations of learners with programs to improve reading, writing, and speaking. As of 2020, the project helped 450 adults and 150 of their children and grandchildren.