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 22 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 environmental 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 areas, current degrees and job opportunities.
Check out a URI CELS article about SMILE below!