ABC (A Better Chance) is a program for academically motivated, educationally underserved young men of a minority background from New York City. They spend their high school years in a communal residence headed by a resident family in a College-owned house on Campus Road.
Hamilton's AXB program is a student-run organization that provides community service in New York State and throughout the southern United States. Students are housed in churches, camps and refugee centers.
Hamilton Reads is a grassroots national campaign that challenges every American to help all our children learn to read, including English Language Learners and students with disabilities. America Reads sparks collaborations between educators, parents, librarians, business people, senior citizens, college students, and community and religious groups.
Let's Get Ready (LGR) expands access to college for low-income high school students. Using college volunteers as tutors, mentors and role models, LGR provides intensive SAT preparation and critical assistance with the college admissions process at no cost to students.
COOP is working on establishing the Open Books Project. This program recirculates gently used books back into the community where they are available for families either to borrow and return, or simply to take home. Books are collected through donations from community organizations and campus book drives held at Hamilton College once a semester. These books are sorted and set out on bookshelves at sites where families and children who need and want them will have easy access to them.
Sidekicks is a mentoring program that pairs students from Hamilton College with children from Clinton Elementary School. Pairs meet for about an hour each week and coordinate meet-ups based on each person's availability.
The Young People’s Project (YPP) is an outgrowth of the Algebra Project, founded by Robert Moses '56. There are many YPP sites nationwide although YPP@HC is the only college-based site. Hamilton College Students are trained to become college math literacy workers (CMLWs). CMLWs develop and facilitate math literacy workshops to middle school students in the local area. These workshops include facilitations of activities and games dealing with mathematical concepts.