Community service initiatives are a vital part of the Providence College experience
- The Scholars Club offers after-school tutoring twice a week during the academic year, pairing San Miguel students and PC service-learners for individualized learning. PC students tutor the middle school students in basic subjects such as math, literacy, science, and social studies, while building meaningful relationships across generational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Each semester, about six service-learners support the work of the Scholars Club.
- Step Up! began in Spring 2009 as an initiative of PC’s Organization for Latin American Students. It was founded by a PC student who was also an alumnus of San Miguel and who saw a need to encourage college conversations at the critical middle school age. The program brings San Miguel students and their families to PC’s campus for eight Saturdays during the Spring semester. Fifteen San Miguel students participate each year, working with twenty-five PC students. Step Up! aims to prepare students at San Miguel for life beyond middle school. Program topics include culture and identity, high school transition, health and wellness, and positive decision-making.
- The San Miguel Mentoring Program was initiated through the Providence President’s Council at PC and began in the fall of 2006. In order to assure its sustainability and institutional resources, the program transitioned into the Chaplain’s Office in 2014. The program matches 20 PC students with 20 San Miguel boys. Once a month the group participates in expanded learning opportunities together, allowing the mentor/mentee pairs to meet and build positive one-on-one relationships.