Sponsors

The Gift of Sponsorship

SSP sponsors change lives.  Sponsors provide students with a quality high school education to ensure they succeed academically and reach their full potential.

The problem

  • Low income students disproportionately end up in underfunded and under-resourced schools.
  • The Department of Education for Civil Rights (OCR) recently reported that state and local education on agencies are failing to provide low income students with the classes needed for students to succeed in college.
  • The U.S. public education system has failed racial minority students in the United States as they trail significantly behind their White peers.
    (Source: Falling Further Behind: Comba ng Racial Discrimina on in America http://www.civilrightsdocs.info/pdf/reports/CERD_Report.pdf)

Click on Who We Serve for more details about our students.

Application

Click here to become a Sponsor, Mentor, or both.

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Sponsor FAQ’s

Is SSP a Catholic organization?

No. Each of our partner schools has a long history of successfully educating vulnerable inner-city youths in a disciplined and nurturing school community. Although most of them are Catholic schools, SSP is not a religious organization, and students are not asked about their religious affiliations. Our partner schools simply provide the best education available to our students at the most affordable cost.

Who is my point of contact at SSP? Who is my point of contact at my student’s school?

Sponsors should contact Kaitlin McTighe at kmctighe@sspnyc.org/646-783-2737, and mentors should contact Ebony Wiggins at ewiggins@sspnyc.org.

There is also an SSP coordinator at each of Student Sponsor Partners’ partner schools. If you are not sure of your student’s SSP coordinator or how to reach him/her, you can find the contact information by clicking here to select your student’s school.  Remember that you are not a guidance counselor, social worker or tutor to your student, so when you run into issues that are beyond what you are prepared to deal with, you should use these resources that are available to you.

How often do I need to be in contact with my student?

It is optional for financial sponsors to meet the student(s) they sponsor. To arrange an introduction, please contact Kaitlin McTighe at kmctighe@sspnyc.org/646-783-2737.

CAN I MEET MY STUDENT’S MENTOR?

Yes. Please contact Kaitlin McTighe kmctighe@sspnyc.org/646-783-2737 to coordinate an introduction. In some cases, sponsors enjoy keeping in touch with their student’s mentor for updates.

MY STUDENT IS NOT DOING WELL IN SCHOOL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If your student is not doing well in school, there are a few things you can do:

  • Get in touch with your student. Sometimes simply sitting down with your student and talking about the academic problems they are having can give you a chance to work out a plan with them to improve their grades. Encourage them to get extra help from their teachers and to attend after school tutoring sessions if they are available.
  • Remember, you do not need to be their tutor and you are not a social worker; if you find you do not know how to handle a situation, please contact SSP.
  • Contact the SSP school coordinator. The school coordinators are often guidance counselors in the partner schools, so they can help the student get on track and monitor the student on a daily basis. If you are not sure of your student’s SSP coordinator or how to reach him/her, you can find the contact information by clicking here to select your student’s school.
  • Contact SSP. We can get in touch with the school or the student to figure out a strategy to get the student back on track.

HOW ARE SSP STUDENTS SELECTED?

SSP students are selected based on specific academic and financial criteria. Each qualifying student and a parent/guardian are also interviewed by SSP staff to screen for intent to succeed.  Following the interview, student applications are sent to their selected SSP school for consideration.

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SSP MISSION AND BEING A SPONSOR.

If you have more questions please contact SSP at (212) 986-9575.