Supporting Spring students to not only graduate from high school but to attend and successfully complete college is a primary goal of our long-term daily programming. We believe that every single student in Spring is uniquely brilliant and has immense potential to powerfully impact the world as they strengthen their own self-confidence, dream big, and invest positively in their present and future life. Students transform their daily work at Spring into the building blocks of a college-going mindset and the skills needed for ultimate career success.
The time spent on college campuses is the icing on the cake, where students of all ages start to really picture themselves on a campus in the future and concretely imagine the paths they want to create with their lives. This campaign will help fund our college programming at every age level from Mini Spring to Big Spring!
Over the last nine years, Spring students have visited the following colleges:
University of Mississippi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Tulane University, Coahoma Community College, St. Louis University, Loyola University New Orleans, Tennessee Technological University, New York University, American University, Mississippi State University, Tougaloo College, Philander Smith College, Emory University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, University of Alabama, Tuskegee University, Auburn University, Washington University at St. Louis, University of Memphis, Fisk University, Jackson State University, Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of New Mexico, Rhodes College, Millsaps College, Delta State University, University of Southern California, Stanford University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, University of Alabama at Huntsville, and Alabama State.
Spring is a daily after-school program that empowers young people in the Mississippi Delta to beat the odds, access the opportunities they deserve, and build successful, happy, and hopeful lives for themselves.
All 4 Spring programs meet year-round, and students participate long-term: Mini Spring (for 2nd-3rd graders), Little Spring (for 4th-5th graders), Junior Spring (for 6th-7th graders) and Big Spring (for 8th-10th graders). Every day students engage in a healthy snack and sharing time to build self-esteem and empathy, followed by personalized academic interventions to strengthen skills and confidence, and an applied learning time where students experience hands-on learning, discuss current events, use their creativity, and explore new passions. We use the spring and summer breaks to continue our transformative daily program activities as well as going on day and overnight trips in our community, across the state of Mississippi, and beyond.