OpenDoors breaks the cycle of poverty through education, one child at a time.
We envision a community where all children succeed.
Our work impacts individual students, their families, their schools, other partnering agencies, and the broader community in which we all live.
OpenDoors admits students from families experiencing persistent poverty and who are currently enrolled in Asheville City School or Buncombe County School districts as well as students transitioning between schools. We prioritize admission into programming for students most affected by achievement gaps: racial & ethnic minorities, students with learning differences (diagnosed or suspected), and students of families who are living in subsidized housing, homeless or designated McKinney-Vento. We consider all referrals for students experiencing poverty and in need of educational support.
OpenDoors directly serves approximately 50 students at a time in our To & Through college access and completion program. We serve other students in the community through our Saturday Math Club and other weekend or afterschool enrichment programs.
For more information on how we work with students, check out the section below!
Supported Families = Successful Students
Resource – For any family to succeed, housing and transportation must be stable, safe, and reliable. OpenDoors alleviates some of the burdens imposed on families living in poverty, who have chosen private or charter schools, through food and transportation assistance. All families actively participating in our educational programs have access to emergency funds to help with sudden, unexpected challenges.
Advocacy – OpenDoors supports parents and caregivers by providing educational consulting, allowing them to better advocate for their children so they can be fully engaged in their child’s education. Parents face additional challenges when their children have learning differences and need access to public or privately funded assessments, individualized education plans (IEP), or other academic interventions or accommodations that allow students to reach their academic potential. OpenDoors provides parents the tools they need to help their children thrive in school. These benefits often extend to siblings of OpenDoors students; who might not be directly enrolled in programming.
Networking – Thanks to our broad established network of supporters and partners, we are uniquely positioned to help parents access a variety of resources; from job opportunities, to health and wellness support, and other personal development experiences. While we do not consider this network of support a defined program area, it is an essential asset to the work of OpenDoors in supporting our students and families.
Schools & Partnering Agencies
We support our school & community partners by demonstrating our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). We provide coaching and offer increased access to community trainings that help with collaborative relationship building & strategies for improved EDI practices. We work in partnership with local institutions, schools, and agencies who have an expressed commitment to structural and institutional improvements in regards to EDI.