Urban Education Initiative
The Urban Education Initiative is an innovative service learning program that brings Smith students to partner elementary, middle and high schools in New York City, Chicago, Boston and nearby Springfield. Urban Education Fellows, Smith undergraduates who are not necessarily planning careers in education, spend three weeks in January at one of the partner schools providing one-on-one tutoring, assisting in classrooms and helping students who are applying to college. The goal of this program is to encourage Smith students to become leaders in this important field by enhancing their understanding of the theoretical, practical and human issues facing urban youth and city schools. Urban Education Fellows work under the guidance of faculty and the educational outreach office staff, and attend fall semester orientation sessions and weekly discussion sessions throughout January. Smith students have the option of earning credit through conducting follow-up special studies projects in spring semester.