Health & Wellness
Mind Lab is a permanent space at Providence Children's Museum where children, caregivers and researchers explore the process of learning. Activities in Mind Lab vary depending on the day. Visitors might participate in ongoing research by the Museum or by collaborators at Brown University and Providence College about how children’s thinking and learning develops. Or they might engage in self-directed activities that illustrate specific ways that kids learn through play and exploration.
We offer a full range of programs from introductory professional development workshops to a Whole School Transformative Mindfulness Initiative for those schools committed to establishing mindfulness as a foundation for students’ education and the well-being of faculty and staff. Our Mindfulness in Schools programs are designed and customized to address the specific needs of each academic community, including students, teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals and school leadership.
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.
Project GOAL (Greater Opportunity for Athletes to Learn) inspires academic achievement through the passion and power of soccer. Through this coeducational after-school initiative, Rhode Island middle school youth receive the academic enrichment necessary to achieve and exceed grade level proficiency while building a foundation of social responsibility, teamwork and collaboration in the classroom and on the field. Our goals are to foster opportunity and expose children and families to positive models of healthy lifestyles by providing a nurturing after-school environment, academic tutoring, health/nutrition information, exercise, and safe facilities.
Project Sunshine provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children and families facing medical challenges. With a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers, we bring programming —recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) —to 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 major cities across the United States and in four international locations. Working onsite, our volunteers relieve the anxiety of young patients and, through fun and play, foster in them the courage and coping skills necessary to confront procedures that lie ahead. Project Sunshine volunteers spread sunshine, restoring a crucial sense of normalcy to the pediatric healthcare environment.
SHAPE is a program of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) in partnership with the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University that teaches a facilitation-based comprehensive sexual health curriculum at local Providence high schools. SHAPE strives to create an environment in which high school students can engage in accurate, authentic, and honest conversations about sexuality and sexual health. Through SHAPE, Brown volunteers facilitate workshops where students can learn about and discuss topics related to sexual health and sexuality in an open setting.