Opening Doors and Breaking the Cycle
Baldwin Wallace University's SPROUT Program helps single parents gain a college education and build successful lives
The SPROUT Program at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio fights to give single parents a chance at a college education. SPROUT is an acronym that stands for Single Parents Reaching Out for Unlimited Tomorrows. They offer a set of tools, to educate and empower, each single parent. The parents are FULL-TIME students and live in their campus based apartments with their children year-round. SPROUT provides only a subsidy to their tuition, so scholarships, loans and work-study are required. Additionally, SPROUT provides advocacy so that parents can access county vouchers to help pay for quality, local day-care for the children. The mandatory SPROUT self-development and educational programs are designed to impart essential life skills. All participants work with BW’s Career Services and have multiple internships and a solid resume by the time they graduate. It’s all about building well-rounded, accomplished, and complete young adults ready to engage the world.