SMILE is an after school academic enrichment program (grades 4-12) for minorities and disadvantaged students that encourages them in STEM content, to keep good grades and to go to College. There are currently 19 SMILE clubs throughout the state serving 427 youth. URI student mentors help SMILE youth during several annual URI field trips where youth complete an engineering or science project/challenge. SMILE youth also receive information about college, college life and what is needed to get into college while visiting the University of Rhode Island. They are exposed to different fields in the STEM area, current degrees and job opportunities.
Check out a URI CELS article about SMILE below!
SMILE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR URI STUDENTS: Don’t miss out on the URI student volunteering mentoring opportunity this weekend March 27-28 on URI campus! You can pick your hours and looks great on your resume and portfolio! URI mentors receive a thank you letter from the SMILE program. The link below has more information and contacts.