Sprout is dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities grow through challenging, creative and fun experiences that enhance socialization, self-confidence and inclusion. Our mission is to bring joy to people with developmental disabilities through travel and recreation.
Sprout is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities and mental retardation grow through challenging and safe travel experiences. Based in New York City, our programs are available to people with MR/DD and the agencies that serve them throughout the United States. Founded in 1979, Sprout is an exciting and innovative organization that serves over 1800 people with special needs each year. Our participants have the opportunity to experience age-appropriate, recreational and leisure activities in a small group setting. By offering these experiences, we hope to enhance the mobility, self-confidence and socialization of our participants. And through community-based activities, Sprout strives to break down some of the barriers that exist between participants and the general public. The majority of the people who participate in our vacations are adults with developmental disabilities, with the most common disability being mental retardation. Our participants fall in the range of moderate to high functioning levels, with some individuals requiring a fair amount of assistance with basic living skills, while others are quite independent. All of our participants can travel within the typical group size of 10 participants and 3 leaders.
Incredible organization that really cares about their participants and volunteers. Events are a ton of fun and are well planned and organized. The participants love the events that take place throughout the city and beyond and really enjoy building relationships with the volunteers. I have been working with this group for many years and I would highly recommend this opportunity. They welcome the casual volunteer as well as those looking to be more involved. Great organization.
I have volunteered with Sprout over the past two years and they have consistently shown a dedication to its mission of ensuring adults with disabilities have exciting opportunities and can explore the world. The participants come from a diverse background and are really great to be around. There are dozens of events to get involved with and the leadership is very supportive in ensuring everyone benefits from the experience. There isn't a minimum or maximum to your involvement level so scheduling is never a conflict. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone looking for a fulfilling and rewarding volunteer experience.