From 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 SproutUp.org 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

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