Emily Singer, 2015

 In Featured, Leadership

IMG_2757Hello! My name is Emily Singer, I’m from Satellite Beach, Florida (near Orlando) and I am pursuing my Master’s in Social Work at Florida State University, where I also graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work.

I found Sprout through a fortunate internet search. I was looking for opportunities to work with people with disabilities in recreational or travel settings. I had a lot of experience 10501998_969855456393232_3912331357204017865_nworking at a camp for people with disabilities and special needs, but I wanted to see what else was being done to give people with disabilities the same opportunities and experience others get to travel and experience the world.

One of my very first trips with Sprout was a cruise to the Bahamas. This was such a unique experience and so much fun! First of all, it was a cruise, it doesn’t get much better than that. PittsburghWe danced for hours, swam in the Caribbean, explored the sights, and ate a LOT! Also, seeing our participants interact with the people and families on our cruise was eye-opening, with beautiful moments of acceptance and integration. This was also a really long trip, and it stretched my patience and my endurance in ways that I know made me a stronger and more compassionate person.

I would come back to Sprout in a heartbeat. It is rare to find an organization so centered in fun and vacation, while simultaneously being so well organized and able to make volunteers prepared and confident in their mission. I not only would recommend Sprout to friends but I already have. It is an incredible way to see New York City and beyond, while also contributing to a very important mission for people who truly deserve it.


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and despite great efforts from the staff, volunteers and our generous community of supporters, we have come to the disheartening realization that there is no viable way to continue with our travel and recreation programs.

As of June 30, 2021 we will no longer offer our travel and recreation programs and will be focusing exclusively on our film distribution service Sproutflix (www.sproutflix.org).