School and College Readiness

Why School Readiness?

Studies show that poor and disadvantaged children entering kindergarten already have lower levels of educational achievement than non-poor children. A child’s early experiences and environments are crucial to their future development and success in school and life. Families and communities play an integral role of helping influence children get ready for school.

Why College Readiness?

The majority of students arrive unprepared for the intellectual demands and expectations of college and universities. In addition, the majority of high school students don’t even know the appropriate steps to take to prepare themselves for the college application process.

Phi Sigma Sigma Pi Chapter at Syracuse University's Backpack Build for the Kids In Need Foundation


We are proud to partner with the Kids In Need Foundation.

When families can barely afford rent and groceries, school supplies just can’t be a priority. For these students struggling with extreme poverty, KINF can offer school supplies. They serve kids at schools where at least 70% of students are enrolled in the federal free or reduced lunch program.

Teachers spend an average of $500 per year from their own pockets on school supplies for their classrooms. KINF offers 38 Resource Centers across the country where teachers can go to obtain free school supplies and KINF offers a Teacher Grants program for educators to fund innovative projects in the classroom.

Kids In Need Foundation has distributed nearly $800 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 4.8 million students and more than 150,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $1.7 million in grants to teachers.

Kids In Need Foundation impacts even more children with a Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation Grant.

Circle of Sisterhood School Build

Phi Sigma Sigma, Inc. announces, in celebration of the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, the kick off of a special Convention 2019 fundraising campaign to raise the costs to construct two schools in Guatemala through the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. This special project supports our philanthropic focus of school and college readiness while perfectly aligning with Phi Sigma Sigma’s twin ideas: the brotherhood of man and the alleviation of the world’s pain.

The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, with its implementation partner buildOn, will facilitate the building of the two schools utilizing a school building methodology that focuses on gender equality. This will ensure that at least 50% of the students enrolled will be girls.

Phi Sigma Sigma will send collegiate and alumnae members on two trips to participate in the start of school construction in Summer 2020. These ambassadors will break ground on the school and receive a firsthand experience as to the meaningful impact building a school will have on the community they select and how an education will forever change these young children’s lives.

We can't wait to embark on this exciting journey of service and sisterhood with our collegians and alumnae. This project is like nothing the Fraternity has ever done before and with your help, we can make a lasting impact in the world!

Visit our Crowd Change page to support this exciting project.