Advising, Mentorship, Tutoring
Provides students with an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of local Providence men and women with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Gives students an avenue to participate in fun and exciting events while also helping others; broadens awareness about people with disabilities and, with the help of students, continues the integration of those with disabilities into the community.
BRYTE works one-on-one with refugee youth grades K-12 in the home. We support the self-empowerment of refugee youth through providing academic tutoring and mentoring, as well as fostering community among students who share experiences of settlement in the United States.
More than 500 Brown University students participate in Community Corps, leading after-school enrichment programs, connecting health resources to patients, working with adult learners, providing one-on-one tutoring, assisting classroom teachers, supporting and advocating for people who are homeless, and and engaging in other ways. Strong, long-term relationships between the Swearer Center, Brown University students, and community partner organizations are an essential component of this program.
The Engaged Scholars Program (ESP) enables students who are passionate about communities and the challenges they face to design courses of study and action as part of their concentration requirements. Through guided coursework, advising and hands-on experience working with community partners, students in ESP are able to contextualize abstract theories, challenge assumptions and develop skills that prepare them for lives of effective action. Students who complete the program receive an academic transcript notation as Engaged Scholars.
OLEEP, the Outdoor Leadership and Environmental Education Program, is a partnership between the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (the Met) and Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service. We work with high school students to develop leadership skills as well as environmental science and justice knowledge, with a specific emphasis on building a supportive, collaborative community where Brown and Met students can learn and grow together. We believe, with the right support, everyone can be a leader and bringing about an environmentally just world depends on it.
Partnership for Adult Learning (PAL) is a student-led group that is part of Community Corps, a program of the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. PAL partners with Perspectives Corporation, a local community organization that provides services and support to children, youth, and adults throughout the state of Rhode Island with the goal of helping people with disabilities participate in and contribute to community life. PAL pairs student tutors from Brown University with adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities living in the greater Providence community to meet on a weekly basis. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for mutual growth through personal relationships that are formed around the shared pursuit of continuing education. PAL practices a learner-centered focus in that we encourage learners to choose the topic(s) on which they will collaborate with their tutors throughout the semester.
The Petey Greene Program supplements education in jails, prisons, and detention centers by preparing volunteers to provide free, quality tutoring and related programming to support the academic achievement of incarcerated people. We work to promote academic achievement in prison classrooms in order to support students and build stronger communities. Brown students travel to educational programs already set up in the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and help tutor students within educational programs that already function within the facilities. We strive to prioritize the individual needs of incarcerated students; build strong relationships between academic institutions, communities, and departments of corrections; train volunteers in the skills necessary to tutor a variety of subjects; improve student achievement in high school equivalency, adult basic education, workforce development, post-secondary education, and other academic programs; encourage a positive academic environment grounded in professional and respectful interactions; and increase awareness of the positive impact of education in correctional facilities.
The College Advising Corps SAT Prep Program is a free program run through the College Advising Corps with Brown student volunteers, intended for junior and senior high school students from families who cannot afford the expense of paid tutoring options. These tutoring partnerships are meant to help students build the confidence and skills to perform well on the SAT. Tutors also offer advice on navigating the college process.
YEP! is an eight-week long after-school innovation accelerator hosted by Brown University students, faculty, and visiting experts. This is a completely free series of classes, workshops, and hands-on activities that provides Providence high school students with the tools they need to be entrepreneurs.