Engaged Student Groups

There are many active student groups on campus that engage with the broader Providence community and are registered as “S-Groups,” or Service Groups, with the Student Activities Office at Brown. These groups offer a wonderful structure to volunteer with a local organization or school on a weekly or bi-weekly basis with a group of like-minded peers. 

Access the full list of Brown Student Organizations (alphabetical list with nickname, category, contact information, & advisor) and filter for “Service” groups to find ones that might be of interest to you, and/or check out the list of S-groups that are advised by Swearer below.

Please note that some of these organizations require background checks or other clearance forms for engagement; so please read our Background & Clearance Check webpage to learn more about these processes. Organizations that are eligible as Off-Campus Federal Work-Study sites are labeled.

This webpage was updated in January 2023.

Brown Tutoring Corps

Are you interested in building relationships with youth in the local community through tutoring and mentoring-focused work? Join a growing community of 100+ of your peers by signing up for the Brown Tutoring Corps. Filling out this 1-minute interest form is the first step to getting involved. You’ll be added to our list-serve where we send out monthly newsletters and announcements about current areas of need at local schools, and opportunities for training and reflection.

What is the Brown Tutoring Corps?

The Brown Tutoring Corps aims to provide adaptive and effective tutoring in the greater Providence area by preparing and connecting interested Brown students with various tutoring sites across the city, including but not limited to Providence public schools. This organization consists of multiple student groups that are joined administratively to streamline the recruitment and matching process for Brown students interested in tutoring, supporting the development of new educational partnerships in the area and supplementing existing partnerships. 

Who runs the Brown Tutoring Corps?

The BTC was established by student leaders working in collaboration with the Annenberg Institute and the Swearer Center in the fall of 2022. There are multiple groups that are a part of the Brown Tutoring Corps, including FLIP (Free Learning in Place), the Providence Public Library and Wheeler tutoring groups, SAT Prep, Beta Omega Chi, Graduate Students of Color in STEM, the Swearer Classroom Program, and Brown Elementary Afterschool Mentoring (BEAM). 

Within the larger umbrella of Brown Tutoring Corps, there are specific leadership roles to ensure operations run smoothly:

  • Students Ryan Chuang, Grace Jordan, and Dave Lubawski, BTC Leaders, support the overall operations and communication needs of the BTC. They can be reached at [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected].

  • 20+ other students serve as Site Leaders to ensure each community organization/school’s tutoring operations are running smoothly.

  • Staff member Joshua Corria, with the Annenberg Institute, supports partnerships between BTC and community organizations and schools. Josh can be reached at [email protected].

  • Staff member Sophia Pray, with the Swearer Center, supports student site leaders and student-facing logistics. Sophia can be reached at [email protected].

Where is the Brown Tutoring Corps engaging?             

The BTC has 100+ student volunteers engaging with 11 different sites, including:

  • Nathan Bishop Middle School

  • Providence Public Library

  • Onward We Learn 

  • Tolman High School

  • William D’Abate Elementary 

  • Wheeler Middle School

  • Sophia Academy

  • Blackstone Valley Prep

  • Central High School

  • Hope High School

  • RINIMC (RI Nurses Institute Middle College)

Active Groups
Name Focus Area OCFWS Eligible? Description Contact Information

Connect for Health

Apply here!

Health Yes

Connect for Health is partnered with the Lifespan Community Health Institute, an organization operating award-winning Rhode Island hospitals and providing health services at dozens of locations throughout the state. Students involved in Connect for Health integrate basic resources into healthcare delivery. Through the Desk Advocate role, students work at Hasbro Children's Hospital to connect low-income families to resources vital to their health, such as utility assistance, public benefits, furniture, and food. We are a social justice group fighting for health equity! Each week, advocates spend 2.5 hours in the clinic, follow up regularly with clients, and attend advocate development meetings.

Student Site Leader:

Cecile Schreidah

[email protected]

Doulas @ Brown

Please email the leaders to apply!

Health Yes [email protected] is a collective of trained brown university doulas and birth advocates dedicated to supporting doula work in the community and advancing reproductive justice initiatives. We are partnered with Mama Glow, a BIPOC-focused doula training organization in New York City!

Student Site Leaders:

Leona Hariharan

[email protected]

Elisa Kim

[email protected]

 

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Please email the leaders to apply!

ESL Tutoring No ESOL is partnered with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) and works to address the marginalizing effects of language barriers by providing English language and literacy classes to adult immigrants in the Providence community. Members in ESOL teach and facilitate English classes at William D’Abate Elementary School in the Olneyville neighborhood or at the MET School in the South-side of Providence.

Student Site Leaders:

Maxwell Cozean

[email protected]

Michelle Alas Molina

[email protected]u

Anahis Luna

[email protected]

Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE)

Please email the leaders to apply!

Homelessness Yes HOPE is partnered with House of Hope CDC, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending the personal and social trauma of homelessness, as well as a broader network of local advocacy organizations and direct service providers. Students can engage with HOPE through many avenues, including: Nighttime Outreach–offered 6 days/week across 4 locations in Providence and Pawtucket; Vital Document Gathering; City Meal Sites–offered 4 days/week across 4 locations; Political Advocacy; Street Sights Newspaper, or through helping our organization run internally on the Finance, Communications, and/or Equity and Inclusion Teams.

Student Site Leaders:

Toby Arment

[email protected]

Ben Rosenn

[email protected]

Outdoor Leadership Environmental Education Program (OLEEP)

Please email the leaders to apply!

Environmental Justice Yes OLEEP is partnered with the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (the MET), an organization empowering its students to take charge of their learning, to become responsible citizens and life-long learners. OLEEP works with MET high school students to develop leadership skills and 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. OLEEP’s programming integrates workshops on environmental science and justice and aims to make programming creative, engaging, and relevant to Rhode Island.

Student Site Leaders:

Anna Brodsky

[email protected]

Ella Spungen

[email protected]

Partnership for Adult Learning (PAL)

Please email the leaders to apply!

Adult Education No PAL is partnered 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’s mission is to provide an opportunity for mutual growth through personal relationships that are formed around the shared pursuit of continuing education.

Student Site Leader:

Jared Chung

[email protected]

Self Expression for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (SEADD)

Please email the leaders to apply!

Adult Education No SEADD is partnered with the Arc of Blackstone Valley, an organization building community connections every day to ensure that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the tools to achieve in the workplace, at home, and in their neighborhoods.  Through SEADD’s weekly workshops, learners create meaningful art that fosters fulfilling relationships and brings together diverse communities. Students involved in SEADD work to create anything from abstract art to elaborate plays with their learners–the point is the expression.

Site Leader:

Mena Kassa

[email protected]

Sexual Health Advocacy through Peer Education (SHAPE)

Please email the leaders to apply!

Health Yes SHAPE is partnered with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE), an organization delivering vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide. SHAPE strives to create an environment in which high school students can engage in accurate, authentic, and honest conversations about sexuality and sexual health. SHAPE members facilitate workshops where students can learn about and discuss topics related to sexual health and sexuality in an open setting.

Student Site Leaders:

Peyton Johnson

[email protected]

Serena Levin

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Milena Kitterman

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