Student Sponsor Partners is a nonprofit organization based in New York City founded by Peter Flanigan in 1986. Student Sponsor Partners (SSP) gives at-risk students in New York City the opportunity of attending a non-public high school education, through the financial support of a sponsor and one-to-one guidance of a mentor.
During the winter of 1986, a coverstaion took place between two bankers on how to help at-risk inner city kids. The both of them decided to try givng these young people scholarships to private inner city schools,and mentor these kids through out their high school careers. The conversation caught wind of some thoughtful indivuals. That very next september 45 sponsors had joined in,and 45 students were sent to Cardinal Hayes High School and Cathedral High School.Since then, nearly 5,000 SSP students have graduated from high school, and in 2011 over 1,400 SSP students were enrolled in the 28 partner schools.
For over 25 years, Student Sponsor Partners has addressed the high school dropout crisis  in New York City by providing under-served students with four years of college-preparatory education. All SSP students are paired with sponsors and mentors who offer financial support and one-to-one mentoring. Making a meaningful impact on their lives, while guiding them through their high school careers.
The SSP program is composed of three key groups: students (1,400 in 2012), sponsors and mentors (2,000 in 2012), and partner schools (28 in 2012). SSP students are selected according to their financial, academic and social need. SSP students typically have a family per-capita annual income of less than $10,000, score at or below standards on middle-school reading and/or math standardized tests, and live with a single parent or guardian.
SSP sponsors and mentors are educated professionals who make a four-year commitment to support a student. In addition to making a financial contribution toward their students’ tuition costs, mentors help guide students academically and become role models for their students.
SSP Partner Schools maintain a structured and nurturing learning environment, and they have a long history of educating the New York City students. Each school assigns a dedicated coordinator to monitor and support SSP students’ progress, and maintain regular contact with SSP families, mentors and program staff. SSP’s twenty-eight participating schools are located in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and New Rochelle. Most of SSP’s schools are Catholic schools.
The following schools are part of Student Sponsor Partners as of May 2012:
- Academy of Mount St. Ursula (Girls)
- All Hallows High School (Boys)
- Aquinas High School (Girls)
- Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School (Co-Ed)
- Bishop Kearney High School (Girls)
- Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School (Co-Ed)
- Blessed Sacrament St. Gabriel (Co-Ed)
- Cardinal Hayes High School (Boys)
- Cathedral High School (Girls)
- Catherine McAuley High School (Girls)
- Christ the King Regional High School (Co-Ed)
- Cristo Rey (Co-Ed)
- La Salle Academy (Boys)
- Holy Cross High School (Boys)
- Martin Luther High School (Co-Ed)
- The Mary Louis Academy (Girls)
- Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School (Co-Ed)
- Monsignor Scanlan High School (Co-Ed)
- Mother Cabrini High School (Girls)
- Mount St. Michael Academy (Boys)
- Preston High School (Girls)
- St. Agnes High School for Boys
- St. Catharine Academy (Girls)
- St. Jean Baptiste High School (Girls)
- St. Joseph High School (Girls)
- St. Raymond Academy(Girls)
- St. Raymond High School for Boys
Sponsors pay all, or a portion, of the tuition cost and donate their time working directly with their student. On average annual tuition for a student in the SSP program is $5,000 and 100% of Sponsors' donations directly support students' tuition. Sponsors serve as role models and "academic coaches" stressing the importance for students to graduate from high school and go on to college.
Sponsors meet with their students 4-6 times over the course of a year, and stay in touch by phone and email. SSP helps cultivate the relationships by organizing social activities throughout the school year, and arranging the first meeting between the Sponsor and their student.
The multiple ways individuals sponsor students:
- Sponsors contribute a minimum annual donation of $2,000, and donate their time to their student.
- Time Sponsors contribute a smaller annual donation of $250, and just as Sponsors, work directly with their student.
- Committed Friends (Financial Sponsors) strictly provide financial support. Committed Friends are paired with Time Sponsors.
- Scholars and Founders Circle Members are matched with two or more students. Scholars Circle Members fund the full tuition for two students; Founders Circle Members fund five students. Circle members may choose to work directly with one of their students.
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