Welcome to The College Crusade


Building a college-going culture for Rhode Island’s urban students

The College Crusade of Rhode Island is an innovative nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to reduce high school dropout rates and increase educational and career success for low-income urban youth. Each year we serve approximately 3,900 Crusaders from Rhode Island’s most economically disadvantaged families in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, and Cranston. We combine the steady, nurturing presence of caring adults with a rich array of programs that focus on academic enrichment, social and personal development, career awareness and exploration, and preparation for postsecondary education. Students who are members of The College Crusade go on to college at much higher rates than other students in the state’s urban school districts. Since 2001, we have awarded over $33 million in college scholarships to more than 4,200 high school graduates.

The College Crusade is 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.


blue pin - small2016 Believe Breakfast

Our 2016 Believe Breakfast is coming up on November 17! Help us celebrate success in preparing RI urban students for higher education & good careers.


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We were honored by the National College Access Network with the 2016 Khanfidence Builder Award.


Our 120x904-Star Rating

We have earned our fourth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s largest independent charity evaluator. Find our page here.


Strategic Plan p12012-2017 Strategic Plan

The College Crusade’s Strategic Plan for 2012-2017 is designed to help us achieve our mission. It builds upon our historic strengths in keeping students on the path to college and issues a further set of challenges. We invite you to explore our goals, strategies, and objectives.

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GearUpThank You to GEAR UP

The College Crusade of Rhode Island is deeply grateful to the U.S. Education Department’s GEAR UP program, which has provided $42 million since 1999 to support college-readiness programs for Crusaders, as well as scholarships for Crusaders who go on to higher education.

Recent Stories

  • Chase Your Dreams - 2016 Rhode Island GEAR UP Fest Slide Show + Story

    [rev_slider 2016FamGUFest2] [rev_slider 2016FamGUFest1] - Our 2016 GEAR UP Fest on Sat September 10 was a resounding success, drawing over 400 Crusaders and family members to celebrate in a back-to-school bash. Keynote speaker ...

  • Speaking to the Shark Tank

    Story and photography contributed by Deborah Sareth ’13, summer communications intern In Crusade Summer Experience, our summer leadership program for high school students, Crusaders engage in a variety of teambuilding exercises, ...

  • Big Dreams for All Our Young People

    A Message from Andrew Bramson, President & CEO Like thousands of other parents in Providence this morning, I sent my kids off on their first day of school. It’s always so exciting ...

  • Tomorrow’s Leaders Begin Their Journeys Today

    Story and photography contributed by Deborah Sareth ’13, summer communications intern What does it take to be a leader? Are leaders born or bred? More than 100 Crusaders entering 9th grade ...

  • You Inspire, Support + Believe: Thanks!

    The College Crusade thanks our longtime supporters Weybosset Research and Management, LLC, for their generous $5,000 gift to our annual campaign, which provides matching support for our Rhode Island GEAR UP ...

  • RI Write on Sports Wins Big with Crusaders

    What are the elements of a good story? How can I get reliable information to tell my story? How do I get others to share my interest in the story? ...

  • Sharing Strength with Girl Power

    Story and photography contributed by Deborah Sareth ’13, summer communications intern What does it mean to be a young woman in today’s world? Nearly 70 middle school Crusaders attended our innovative ...

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