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 26 SMILE clubs throughout the state serving 500 youth.
- URI student mentors help SMILE youth during several annual URI annual events where youth complete an engineering or environmental science project/challenge.
- SMILE youth also receive information about 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.