The Sprout Up Journal

The Next Chapter for Sprout Up

We started Sprout Up eight years ago with the goal of raising environmental literacy among children in our community, and teaching them to be beacons of change. Since then, we’ve:

Brought our college-student led program to more than 500 public elementary school classrooms.

Launched 7 campus chapters: five in California and two in New York City.

Engaged over 1,000 college-student instructors to grow as leaders while giving back to their communities.

Inspired 11,000 1st and 2nd graders to experience and care about the environment.

Now it’s time for the next chapter of Sprout Up.

The conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year marks the final year of Sprout Up operating as a centrally run 501(c)(3) nonprofit. But this does not mean the end of Sprout Up programs.

Starting last Fall, our chapters began the transition to a decentralized management structure, continuing operations as student clubs and, in the case of the New York chapters, partnering with a local nonprofit incubator to continue independent operations. We started as a campus club at UCSB and found great success in this structure. Now it’s time to return to these roots.

Our heartfelt thanks.

On behalf of Sprout Up’s volunteer staff, Board of Directors, and all of the chapter teams that have thrived with your help, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude. As parents, teachers, administrators, past instructors, and advocates, you’ve helped Sprout Up soar. Our first class of 2nd graders from 2009 is now preparing to enter college – wow! We trust these program graduates will help lead the way to a brighter future.

None of this would be possible without your involvement, guidance, and support. Thank you!

So, what happens now?

Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for our existing chapters to continue and for new groups of excited college students to start chapters of their own. We’ll make the curricula available on our website at and provide detailed guides for starting and operating a chapter. We’ve learned a ton over the years, and we’re excited to share our experience with the world.

A quick note about the financials.

The Sprout Up chapters have an average of about $800 each in the bank. With now less than $1,000 in the headquarters account, our financial assets total about $6,500. After operating expenses for this year, we plan to distribute 100% of the remaining headquarters funds to our chapters, in accounts that are associated with their universities or affiliated nonprofits.

It’s been an incredible eight years getting to know you and working together to advance our shared mission.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions. Thanks again for your years of involvement and support!

Nick & Tanya
Sprout Up Founders

See it to Believe it

We’re back! Sprout Up’s winter programs are in full swing. Our instructors are trained, our kids are pumped – the only thing missing is you!

Watch this video to join us in experiencing the magic that takes place in a Sprout Up classroom, each and every week.


 Interested in visiting one of our classrooms? Email us!

Spring has Sprung

A wrap-up of the Spring 2013 Program

Spring 2013 has been a gigantic growth period. You could say we’ve truly “sprouted up” more than ever before!

We continue to teach more kids with each and every program. In the Spring 2013 Program Period alone, 215 college student-instructors jumped into 107 classrooms teaching 1,025 1st & 2nd-graders!

To date, we have taught a total of 5,245 children.

It is incredible to reflect and see just how much our community cares about the future of our youth and the future of our Earth. Thank YOU for giving Sprout Up the ability to constantly grow.

Investing in Our Youth 2013

A recap of our 2nd Annual Gala & Auction

On May 11th we held our 2nd Annual Gala & Auction event, raising an amazing $16,000!

Huge “thank you’s” are definitely due to every donor, the live entertainment (Sky Tuned and the California Honeydrops rocked it!), our dedicated volunteers, incredible family members, and the wonderful guests that made it a night for the record books.

And even bigger props are in order for our Events Team who put the entire event together. To our Director of Events—Elizabeth Davidson—and the entire team—Kate Nollner, Brianna Saez, Kim Comeau, Liz Rosbottom, Kelsey Carter and Melissa Lobato—thank you for your impeccable planning!

Because of everyone’s generosity, we are able to keep Sprout Up running strong and expand our programs to more and more schools. Thank YOU and see you next year!