OpenDoors Best-Fit Schools Program

Students with dyslexia work harder than most students as they attempt to stretch themselves and break new ground every day. We, in close partnership with parents, sometimes ask that students with learning differences take risks and invest in themselves by switching schools and attending what we call a “Best-Fit School.”  These are public, private or […]

Give the Gift of Community

“We have the resources to end poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The syllable “op” – as in optimism – derives from Latin.  Ops was the name of the Roman goddess of harvests. She blessed the activities of sowing and reaping. Add to that the […]

Stop the Clock to Start Over

Rajie left the courtroom, went back to her lawyer’s office, and broke down in hysterical tears. She was almost screaming between gasping breaths, saying she doesn’t go to a “real school” because she has been labeled with behavior problems and therefore attends Asheville High’s Alternative program.  She sobs a familiar teen sentiment,  “No one understands […]

Thank You to All Pets Animal Hospital!

We would like to extend a warm thank you to our friends at All Pets Animal Hospital on Reynolds Mountain.  Drs. Josh Cook and Eddie Heath graciously welcomed OpenDoors student, Jazel Thompson, into their exam rooms and operating rooms for 2 days of a shadow experience during his Thanksgiving Break from The Gow School.  Jazel was able […]

Celebrating Thanks and Giving

Entering its fifth year, GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — and helps counterbalance the materialistic frenzy of shopping that often overshadows what is meant to be a season of giving. Statistics show, for example, that […]

Let’s Stand Up for Children!

Asheville was honored last month by the presence of Marian Wright Edelman, Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), who spoke on the issue of child poverty at an event organized by Pisgah Legal Services. The Children’s Defense Fund is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to […]

March 11, 2017 – Mark Your Calendar

We invite you to celebrate life in artistic Asheville, where OpenDoors students transform barriers into artful opportunities.  Life is our medium; education, enrichment and advocacy are our palette; and this vibrant city is our community canvas.  Join us, as we paint the town and invest in children– our shared future! The Art Affair, a premier […]

OpenDoors receives prestigious Melvin R. Lane Grant

OpenDoors is honored to be one of six recipients in 2016 of the Melvin R. Lane grant.  This three-year capacity building grant will pay for an additional staff person and support strategic planning. Thank you to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Melvin R. Lane Foundation board and family members who make this growth […]

Calling all of our Facebook Followers!

A $25 investment that pays huge rewards and lifelong dividends?  Yes, please.   In times of social unrest, senseless violence, and painful division, allow a young person challenged by poverty to have opportunity… opportunity to succeed, to work and to reach their potential.  Make change happen in Asheville. If each of our Facebook followers will […]

Be a Part of Something Big in Asheville

Asheville gets so much hype in today’s media.  In fact, Liveability.com just ranked Asheville as the 12th best place in the country to live.  As a community we must work together, so that Asheville can be a great place for the kids who already live here, to call home.  A recent New York Times news analysis says […]

This Is How We Roll… OpenDoors and RiverSpace

OpenDoors helps to pilot the RiverSpace program in partnership with local kayaking legend, Andrew Holcombe to offer kayaking instruction to our middle and high school student ambassadors. In this program, students learn about their strengths and challenges while kayaking on the French Broad River and in the UNCA pool. The program aims to provide OpenDoors students with exposure to […]

OpenDoors Kids Treated to a Hiphop Art “Trek”

OpenDoors was excited to partner with PATH (Preserving, Archiving, and Teaching HipHop) during a 3-day urban visual arts workshop, led by the internationally-renowned artist Trek6 – who divides his time between Asheville and his hometown of Miami, FL, and celebrated Miami based HipHop MC, Sekajipo.  PATH is an innovative organization that uses HipHop culture and education to advance academic […]