WHO WE ARE
SAS is a volunteer-based organization with the goal of supplementing high school students who otherwise lack the means to bolster their educational experience. The SAS initiative serves as an academic resource and provides the educationally disadvantaged with access to support, consultation, and mentorship. Sprout and S.T.E.M. was established in July of 2019 following the release of a state-funded study of the Providence public schools. The Johns Hopkins School of Education reported, among other discouraging findings, that Providence student support is insufficient. SAS does not set out to restore the capital city's school system from its current degeneration; rather, we aim to advocate for its forgotten students, especially those who aspire to continue their education collegiately.
Our organization is largely composed of and coordinated by graduate and undergraduate students, the majority serving as academic mentors. SAS mentors typically represent the surrounding Providence-area universities including Brown University, Providence College, the University of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College. While our mentors are diverse and individualistic, there is noticeable similarity in their collective character, ability, and integrity. And as our name suggests, SAS requires our mentors demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles in the natural sciences.
WHAT WE DO
In catalytic fashion, SAS integrates the academic culture of Providence-area universities with that of local public schools. We intend to provide underserved high school students with exposure to personal networking, guidance, and tutoring services. As a community partner, the SAS volunteer network targets the aforementioned needs in the form of weekly after-school supplementation. Tutoring and prudent guidance are important features of educational development and are especially important to students in school systems with limited resources. We aim to provide a setting of academic stimulation for students who struggle or excel, but nonetheless take exceptional pride in their coursework. These young scholars often seek more rigorous academic instruction, insight on post-secondary education, and the opportunity to build rapport. As a mentor, you have the ability to profoundly influence malleable high school students by inspiring them to achieve academic and professional success.
SAS welcomes any and all individuals willing to contribute to the service of academic enhancement. We encourage potential mentors to browse the remainder of our page. Additional information detailing session structure and mentor responsibilities can be found through Mentorship.