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 Foundatio


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.

On average, 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.

Twin Ideals Fund

For more than 100 years, the women of Phi Sigma Sigma have committed our lives to our founding sisters’ twin ideals of the alleviation of world’s pain and the brotherhood of man. After the September 11, 2001, attacks, the Foundation established a Twin Ideals Fund dedicated to serving the needs of disaster victims. This fund enables us to respond immediately to a natural disaster or emergency situation.

Through the generosity of our donors we have supporting the following disaster relief organizations around the world:

2016 Gulf Coast Floods (Save the Children Gulf Coast Floods Children’s Relief Fund)

2015 Nepal Earthquakes (Doctors without Borders)

2013 Filipino Typhoon (Doctors without Borders)

2012 Hurricane Sandy (Rebuilding Together)

2012 United States Spring Storms (Rebuilding Together)

2011 Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami (Red Cross and Save the Children Foundation)

2010 Haitian Earthquake (Clinton-Bush Foundation)

2005 Hurricane Katrina (Red Cross)

2004 Southeastern Asian Tsunami (Red Cross)

2001 September 11th (Lumina Foundation)