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 - small2015 Believe Breakfast

We hosted our 3rd Annual Believe Breakfast on Friday, November 13. Thanks for helping 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 2015 College Access Organization Award of Excellence.

 

Our 120x904-Star Rating

We have earned our third 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

  • GEAR UP Day at the State House 2016 Celebrates Crusaders - Slide Show

    More than 50 middle school and high school students were honored with high-participation certificates at our 2016 RI GEAR UP Day at the State House event on June 7. They ...

  • We're Writing to Say Thanks!

    As we near the end of our fiscal year, we’d like to thank our recent major funders, who play a critical role in helping to make Crusaders’ successes possible. First off, ...

  • Crusaders Commence!

    The College Crusade Class of 2016 celebrated graduation together at our Commencement Day event on June 2. Crusaders and families hammed it up for the camera at our photo booth, listened ...

  • Bank of America Supports Crusaders

    We are very grateful to Bank of America for providing a $10,000 operating grant to support our college and career readiness programs. Bank of America has been one of our ...

  • PC Is Making a Difference for Crusaders

    Many thanks to the Making a Difference Fund at Providence College, which awarded us a grant of $2,000 this year! Bob Oberg, our VP of Development and Communications, attended PC’s ...

  • Noteworthy News from High School Crusaders

    Good news from Times 2 Academy: Above, Crusade Advisor Dwayne Clement and Times 2 Academy executive director Dr. Rudolph A. Moseley pose with Crusaders who received second quarter High Honors. They ...

  • Cox Charities Supports STEM Learning

    We are excited to share news that The College Crusade received a $15,000 grant from Cox Charities in support of our STEM programs for middle school students. Thanks to this ...

 
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