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.

 

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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 2015 College Access Organization Award of Excellence.

 

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.

 

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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

  • A Dream Team of Teachers for Ways to A’s

    More than 500 Rhode island students in fifth and sixth grade are taking our Ways to A’s course in study skills this summer as a final step in becoming members of ...

  • RISD Program Opens the Door to Photography as Art + Science

    High school Crusaders attending RISD’s Project Open Door this summer made their own camera obscura, experimented with shutter speed, and created PhotoShop self-portraits. It was all part of a weeklong ...

  • Honors + Awards Galore at Family Recognition Night

    Nearly 60 Crusade parents and students poured into our multifunction room last Thursday for our 2016 Parent Recognition Night. They were treated to a warm welcome from Candace Harper, family ...

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

    [rev_slider GUDay2016] - 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. ...

  • Cranston Crusaders Get a Preview of High School

    In June, Crusaders from Cranston High School East gave a personalized tour of their school to a group of 37 Crusaders from Bain and Park View middle schools. With help ...

  • 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 ...

 
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