Educational Institutions

Student Sponsor Partnership, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.sspnyc.org

Mission Statement

Student Sponsor Partners addresses 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 who offer financial support and one-to-one mentoring, thus making a meaningful impact on their lives.

Main Programs

  1. Student Sponsor Partners
Service Areas

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New York

Student Sponsor Partners serves the under-served youth of New York City. As of the 2011-2012 school year, we have 27 Partner Schools, all within either Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, or Brooklyn.

ruling year

1988

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Dr. Margaret Minson

Keywords

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drop-out prevention, high school, student, education, Catholic, low income, at risk, mentor, scholarship

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Also Known As

SSP

EIN

13-3392965

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Student Sponsor Partners

Since its founding in 1986, Student Sponsor Partners (SSP) has addressed the dropout crisis in New York City by providing educational opportunities and mentor support to underserved students who typically would have no option but to attend large, inner-city public high schools, and are at high risk of dropping out. SSP selects students according to their financial, academic and social need, and provides them with adult mentors and four-year tuition stipends to attend non-public, college-preparatory high schools.

   SSP students are selected according to their financial, academic and social need. Among the SSP freshman class of 2013, per capita income is approximately $7,500, and 90% of new students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch. Seventy-seven per cent of incoming SSP students took the standardized ELA (reading) and STM (math) aptitude tests in middle school; every one scored at or below standards on at least one of the two tests. Seventy-nine per cent of new SSP students live with a single parent or non-parent guardian, and many families struggle with domestic violence, substance abuse, chronic illness and immigration problems. 

Mentors are educated professionals who make a four-year commitment to support a student. In additional to making a financial contribution toward their students’ tuition costs, mentors act as academic watchdogs and role models for their students.

SSP Partner Schools maintain a structured and nurturing learning environment, and provide students with the best education available for the lowest price in the city. Each school assigns a dedicated coordinator (usually a guidance counselor) to monitor and support SSP students’ progress, and maintain regular contact with families, mentors and program staff.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$8,397,588.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Student Sponsor Partners serves the under-served youth of New York City. As of the 2011-2012 school year, we have 27 Partner Schools, all within either Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, or Brooklyn.

Funding Needs

Student Sponsor Partners' model to combat the high school dropout crisis in New York City includes both one-to-one mentoring and financial sponsorshi100 per year, and we welcome any individual or organization who would like to make a pledge to pay full or partial tuition for four years. We also welcome one time donations.

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STUDENTSPONSOR PARTNERSHIP INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Student Sponsor Partnership, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Dr. Margaret Minson

BIO

Dr. Margaret Minson became Executive Director of SSP in 2007. She served previously as vice president for institutional advancement at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. During her five-year tenure at Marymount, Margaret more than doubled annual fundraising for the college; prior to that, she held the same position at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn and built a professional fundraising organization to support the growth of that institution. An experienced teacher at the elementary and high school level, she recently completed her doctorate in education at Fordham University, with a dissertation focused on the impact of mentor satisfaction on volunteerism.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

James Healy

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