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.
- 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)
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Click here to become a Sponsor, Mentor, or both.
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.
It is optional for financial sponsors to meet the student(s) they sponsor. To arrange an introduction, please contact Katie Dearing at firstname.lastname@example.org/646-783-2734.
Yes. Please contact Katie Dearing at email@example.com / 646-783-2734 to coordinate an introduction. In some cases, sponsors enjoy keeping in touch with their student’s mentor for updates.
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.