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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The College Crusade of Rhode Island is registered with Network for Good to receive online donations securely. Click to go to our page, and follow their guidelines for donating.

 

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Our 2016 Believe Breakfast was a blast! 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 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.

 

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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

  • Our Funders Make Big Dreams Possible

    The College Crusade would like to thank the the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee for a grant of $75,000 in support of our college success initiatives ...

  • Student Voices Shine at Our 2016 Believe Breakfast - Slideshow

    [rev_slider Bfast2016] An enthusiastic audience of nearly 300 people helped us celebrate our 2016 Believe Breakfast at the Providence Marriott Downtown on Thursday November 17! We honored four distinguished supporters, shared ...

  • A Big Welcome at Our 2016 Family Open House

    A crowd of 148 new Crusade families attended our 2016 Family Open House event on October 27. The program started with greetings from Candace Harper, Family Engagement Coordinator; Laurel Shepard, ...

  • Crusaders Prep for College

    High school Crusaders stepped up their postsecondary plans at our 2016 Prep for College Weekend on Oct 22+23. They got started with an all-day Getting to College Workshop at Woonsocket ...

  • 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 ...