Almost 60% of our public school students in Sandy Springs are economically disadvantaged. This means, according to national statistics, their future is more likely to include poverty, drugs or crime. SSEF works with our community businesses and leaders to help our public schools keep our students engaged in academics and motivated to graduate high school to become productive members of the 21st century workforce.
SSEF coordinate programs and services in four primary areas:
MENTORING / TUTORING / ROLE MODELS / SPEAKERS
Our programs in this area focus on introducing our students to community volunteers who have expertise and life experience to share. Opportunities such as Lunch with a Leader, Senior Push and SAIL, and Business Bridge inspire our students to create a new vision of what their future can be and discover ways to obtain it.
Partnering with other nonprofit organizations allows SSEF to maximize our scope of services to support the most disadvantaged as well as all students in our schools. The Altrusa Reading Program, the Community Assistance Center Teacher’s Closet and Sandy Springs Reads reach out to connect with our students and support our teachers.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Keeping our students engaged in positive activities after school is essential to keeping them safe and focused. Our After-School All Stars program provides academic support and enrichment for two hours per day, five days a week to almost 200 at-risk students. After-School North Springs helps our high school students get directed toward finishing high school and headed toward college, a career or military service.
ANNUAL STEAM SHOWCASE AND STEAM GRANTS
The 21st century workforce will require our students to be career ready for the most cutting edge jobs and careers. Collaborating with industries and businesses across our state, our Annual STEM Event and Grants exposes and inspires our students to pursue interests and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This year, in partnership with Georgia Tech Research Institute, we won the Georgia STEM Award for Outstanding Extracurricular STEM Program!