Each summer Brown Pre-College provides need-based scholarships to academically talented students in high school to study at Brown University, an Ivy known for its embrace of independent thinkers. Be part of an increasingly diverse and inclusive community where students are valued and respected. Come to Brown to get a feel for what college life is like – the responsibility, the freedom, and the new friendships. Leave enriched by an unforgettable educational experience, prepared for your next steps.
The Engaged Scholars Program (ESP) enables students who are passionate about communities and the challenges they face to design courses of study and action as part of their concentration requirements. Through guided coursework, advising and hands-on experience working with community partners, students in ESP are able to contextualize abstract theories, challenge assumptions and develop skills that prepare them for lives of effective action. Students who complete the program receive an academic transcript notation as Engaged Scholars.
Generation Citizen (founded by Brown alumn Scott Warren ‘09) empowers young people to become engaged and effective citizens through direct political action. Through a skills-based curriculum delivered during the regular school day, students work with local leaders to fix problems in their communities. Through this real-world experience, our teens learn how to be active participants in our country's democracy. Brown volunteers (Democracy Coaches) teach bi-weekly classes in local middle and high schools. They work with their students to identify an important issue they face in their communities, then teach them the advocacy skills to make change on that issue. At the end of the semester, students present their Action Projects to local officials and community members at a Civics Day event at the Rhode Island State House.
The Petey Greene Program supplements education in jails, prisons, and detention centers by preparing volunteers to provide free, quality tutoring and related programming to support the academic achievement of incarcerated people. We work to promote academic achievement in prison classrooms in order to support students and build stronger communities. Brown students travel to educational programs already set up in the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and help tutor students within educational programs that already function within the facilities. We strive to prioritize the individual needs of incarcerated students; build strong relationships between academic institutions, communities, and departments of corrections; train volunteers in the skills necessary to tutor a variety of subjects; improve student achievement in high school equivalency, adult basic education, workforce development, post-secondary education, and other academic programs; encourage a positive academic environment grounded in professional and respectful interactions; and increase awareness of the positive impact of education in correctional facilities.