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Gwen's Girls

Gwen’s Girls was founded by Gwendolyn Elliott, who as a police officer recognized a lack of understanding for the complexity of the needs of at-risk girls and that the existing services fell short of meeting these gender-specific needs. The student at this site serves as a counselor at a summer camp for girls ages 8 to 18. She supervises the girls as they participate in fine arts classes as well as classes that promote positive self esteem, healthy relationships, and belief in the boundless potential they have for the future.

Breakthrough Houston

At Breakthrough Houston, we envision a day when all children will have equal access to quality education and teachers committed to their academic success. We believe that the middle-school years are the critical crossroads where students make choices that dramatically affect their futures. Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. The SSLP student serves as a 7th grade Texas History Teacher, developing lesson plans to challenge, inspire and reach out to the students.

Assumption Center- St. Peter's Parish

The Assumption Center houses various ministries. Through the connection to St. Peter's and St. Andrew's Parishes, the Center provides programming for the Main South community. The Center offers afternoon mentoring, ESL courses for adults, individualized tutoring, a public spiritual library, a food pantry, and teen programming. The student's main responsibilities are ESL tutoring and vacation activities for local teen girls.

Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children

Clelian Heights is an educational, residential, and vocational facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities where the student spends four weeks. At Clelian Heights the student works in a classroom helping the children with math and reading and chaperoning field trips and recess. The SSLP student assists in the classroom for four weeks and for the other four weeks, works at a different site called Union Mission that provides shelter to homeless men.

Crotona Center

The Crotona Center offers boys entering grades 4 through 10 an opportunity to develop their character and improve academic ability during the summer. The boys are presented with fun, academic classes that teach material ahead of their regular grade level, and take part in activities such as chess, games, current-events discussions, athletics, art, music, and drama. The ND student prepares for each day's activities, and calls the parents of each student periodically.

Youth Leadership Foundation: PALS

The Youth Leadership Foundation provides summer and academic year programs for elementary and middle school students that involve classes, tutoring, sports and character mentoring. The student teaches 7th -10th grade girls in courses such as English or Drama. Before the program begins the student serves as a general office assistant prepping for the program and helping to recruit new students.

Stewart Home School

Much more than a school, Stewart Home & School offers an amazing variety of daily activities and delivers support, encouragement and friendship for individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The school serves about 350 individuals who attend classes daily and participate in organized activities. The student serves as a substitute teacher in the classroom and also supervises and participates in recreational activities.

De La Salle Center

De La Salle is a 'last chance' highschool in midtown Kansas City. The school offers a printing press program in which students learn how to work the machines, make sales calls and learn professional skills that could lead to a job. The SSLP student works in the print shop, instructing the students and serving as a mentor and role model. The student may also assist in the high school.


San Antonio Pre-freshman Engineering Program (SAPREP) is a collaborative effort of local school districts, colleges and universities to encourage junior high school and high school students to begin preparing for scientific and engineering career paths in school. The program targets under-represented population groups in those fields. The student serves as a tutor and a teacher of the Research and Study class.

Swope Summer Academic Camp-Upper Room

In 2007, a study by Johns Hopkins University ranked our Summer Academic Program as one of the best summer reading programs in the country. In 1999, we started with one church and 90 students. Today, the Upper Room offers an eight-week summer reading camp for over 2,000 high-poverty children who use the summer to make substantial academic gains. In a district where reading proficiency scores fall consistently below those of neighboring districts, children who participate in the program read as high as two grade levels above their peers.