Project Reflect was founded by Sister Sandra Smithson in 1992 to serve children living in poverty and to transform urban America through education and education reform. Project Reflect began with a summer tutoring program called PREP. PREP quickly grew to a year-round effort, successfully taking students significantly behind in school and bringing them up to read at grade level.
I started Project Reflect in 1992 because I was deeply concerned about the number of children I saw playing in the streets of North Nashville when they should have been at school. Crime was pervasive, something that I never experienced in my own childhood in the same neighborhood. An investigation revealed the links among crime, illiteracy, and school failure.