Community Corps

Brown students engage with the greater Providence community alongside local organizations and residents through formal Swearer Center partnerships in the Community Corps. More than 500 students lead after-school enrichment, connect health resources to patients, engage with adult learners, provide one-on-one tutoring, assist classroom teachers, support and advocate for people who are homeless and engage in other ways. Strong, long-term relationships between the Swearer Center, students, community members and partner organizations are an essential component of this program. Students participate in a structured and supportive cohort to build skills and knowledge as they address issues of social injustice and inequality, while learning first-hand about the assets and strengths in communities. Community Corps students are expected to participate in a Swearer Center orientation and two of ten workshops throughout the fall, featured in the event list on BrownEngage

Eligible Brown University undergraduate students may access their federal work-study funding through off-campus, community-based assignments. This opportunity places students with nonprofit organizations based in the greater Providence area. Students participating in Off-Campus Federal Work Study (OCFWS), who will be notified of their eligibility by the Office of Financial Aid prior to the start of the academic year, are considered part of the Community Corps and have access to support within the Swearer Center, including advising, mentoring, training opportunities. Note: Brown students must be in good academic standing in order to be considered for OCFWS, which has limited funding available through the year. For more on OCFWS, read our information sheet, or contact Swearer Center Director of Student Development, Betsy Shimberg.


Most Community Corps students make a long-term commitment to the Swearer Center, participating for a full academic year or longer. After students are accepted into a student-led group, they participate in orientations, trainings and individual and group conversations that provide foundational knowledge and skills alongside experiential opportunities.


Most Community Corps student groups recruit participants at the beginning of a semester. All Brown students are eligible to apply to participate. 

If you qualify for federal work study, you may be able to be paid for your engagement with Off-Campus Federal Work Study (OCFWS). Visit the OCFWS page for more information.


Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year were due on Friday, Sept. 15th, 2017. Applications for some groups will re-open in January. 


Betsy Shimberg, Director of Student Development, or 401-863-9556

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