Students Start a New Summer of Learning
The College Crusade of Rhode Island announces a full schedule of college-readiness programs for urban youth this summer
Providence, R.I., June 16, 2009 – The College Crusade of Rhode Island today announced the start of its 2009 summer programs, which offer young people from the state’s most disadvantaged urban communities many opportunities to keep moving forward on the path to college. This summer, participating Crusaders will choose from among academic offerings, career exploration workshops, hands-on technology classes, adventure education, leadership seminars, writing workshops, and a weeklong residency on a college campus.
The mission of The College Crusade is to increase educational and career success for youth in Rhode Island’s low-income urban communities. Approximately 3,700 middle school and high school students in Rhode Island are members of the organization. The majority of them attend public schools in Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket. Membership in The College Crusade provides each student with sustained adult mentorship and seven years of free college-readiness programs and services from grade 6 through high school graduation.
Programs available to members of The College Crusade this summer are:
• Bridge to Success Summer Institute – June 23 to July 3
A ten-day residency on the Roger Williams University campus in Bristol for high school students. The program focuses on SAT preparation and includes college-readiness workshops, outdoor activities, and field trips.
• Brown Summer High School – June 29 to July 24
A four-week innovative learning environment where high school students work in small groups, participate in discussions, conduct laboratory experiments, and engage in numerous hands-on activities. Develops essential skills in reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking. Held weekday mornings at Brown University in Providence.
• SPIRIT Summer Program – June 29-August 7
A six-week program for middle school students that develops writing and communication skills using projects based on the study of a central theme in the wider community. Held weekdays on the campuses of Wheeler School, Lincoln School, and Moses Brown School in Providence.
• Johnson & Wales University Career Explorations 2009 – June to August
A series of three-day weekend programs for high school students entering their junior or senior year. Participants explore what it is like to work in business, culinary arts, hospitality, or technology careers. Held at Johnson & Wales University in Providence.
• Wheeler Summer Camp – July 6-24
A three-week program for middle school students that provides an integrated hands-on curriculum with a focus on reading, writing, and math. Features units in forensics and raku pottery. Held weekdays at Wheeler School in Providence and Wheeler Farm in Seekonk, Mass.
• Ways to A’s – July 6-31
A specially designed curriculum that introduces Crusaders entering grade 6 to the academic, social, and personal challenges of middle school. Includes exercises in preparing to study, reading for success, report writing, and test taking. The program instructors are Crusade alumni who are in college or have just completed college. Held in four-day intensives at the Community College of Rhode Island, Providence campus.
• CAAP (Crusade Adventure and Academic Program) – July 6 to August 14
A program in adventure education for middle school students that improves self-esteem and develops skills in problem solving, team building, and healthy risk taking. Includes a literacy component. Held at Roger Williams Middle School in Providence in two-week sessions through July and August.
• URI Summer Transportation Institute – July 6-17 and August 3-14
A two-week program that introduces students entering grades 7,8, and 9 to the transportation industry, covering topics such as highway and bridge design, road maintenance and construction, and safety. Includes computer training, academics, and field trips. Held at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston campus.
• Media Literacy – July 13 to August 6
A two-week writing program that teaches high school students how to analyze a broad spectrum of media messages, from music videos to MySpace. Participants will engage in critical thinking, writing, and discussion in a computer-interactive environment. Held in two sessions at The College Crusade office in Providence.
• Crusade Summer Experience – July 13 to August 7
A series of weeklong leadership programs for high school Crusaders during which participants develop skills in public speaking, team building, project planning, and facilitation. Held weekdays at Brown University in Providence.
• NEIT Tech Camp – July 14-16
A three-day, hands-on technology class for high school students entering their senior year. Offers an opportunity to explore today’s top technical careers in game development, information technology, mechanical engineering technology, video and radio production, architectural building engineering technology, and multimedia. Held at New England Institute of Technology in Warwick.
About The College Crusade of Rhode Island
The College Crusade of Rhode Island is the state’s most comprehensive college-readiness and scholarship program for middle school and high school students in low-income urban school districts. It serves approximately 3,700 students per year and rewards the efforts and achievements of financially eligible students with up to four years of college scholarships. From grade 6 through grade 12, Crusaders experience the steady, nurturing presence of caring adults and participate in activities that focus on academic enrichment, social and personal development, career awareness and exploration, and readiness for college. Students who are members of The College Crusade graduate and go right on to college at much higher rates than their peers in the state’s urban school districts. Since 2001, The College Crusade has awarded over $20 million in college scholarships to more than 2,700 graduates from Rhode Island high schools. For more information, please visit www.thecollegecrusade.org.
The College Crusade is a nonprofit organization funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP program, by the State of Rhode Island, and by private corporations, foundations, and individuals.
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