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General Information

College Crusade brochure
Building Our Future

2016 Annual Report Card
How we are doing in our mission to increase educational and career success for youth in Rhode Island’s low-income urban communities

College Crusade Research Brief
Freshman-year retention rates of Crusaders who graduated from high school in 2006-2010, analyzed by Drexel University’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy

Who We Are
A quick look at our organization

College Crusade Milestones
Significant achievements since our founding in 1989


Cru News
Our print newsletter for Crusaders and their families
Summer 2016
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Fall 2014
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Fall 2013
Spring-Summer 2013
Fall 2012
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Fall 2011
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Fall 2010
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Fall 2009
Spring 2009
December 2008 Special Edition
Spring 2008
Winter 2008
Fall 2007

Inspire Support Believe
Our print newsletter for friends and supporters
Fall 2015
Winter 2015
Summer 2014
Winter 2014
Summer 2013

Winter 2013
Summer 2009
Spring 2008
Fall 2007


Please visit our Vimeo channel to see all our videos. Click on the links below to view videos of speakers at our Believe Breakfast and 25th Anniversary celebration in November 2014:

Todd Flaherty, Ed.D., President & CEO
James Diossa ’03, mayor of Central Falls
Denise Jenkins, managing director of United Providence!
Dr. Americo W. Petrocelli, founder of The College Crusade
Robert W. Britto-Oliveira ’01, recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award
George Graboys, recipient of the 2014 Dr. Americo W. Petrocelli Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Warren Simmons, keynote speaker, executive director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, vice chair of the College Crusade board
Sebastian Zuleta ’15, student speaker

In the News


Collette awards $6,500 grant to College Crusade of Rhode Island
Providence Business News

College Crusade awarded Amgen Foundation grant for science education
Providence Journal


Home Loan Investment Bank Uses Grant to Donate Books to RI Families

The College Crusade Names Bramson New President
Providence Business News

Cranston East Students Recognized by College Crusade
Cranston Patch


The College Crusade: closing gaps in student outcomes (with video)
Rhode Island Foundation

Thumbs Up for GEAR UP: Study shows program dramatically helps low-income students go to college
Providence Journal

O. Rogeriee Thompson: Helping more students achieve the American dream
Providence Journal

Flaherty honored for career of advocacy
South County Independent

Inner-city students come to PC to learn college readiness skills
Providence College Magazine

EP’s Silva Wins College Crusade’s Distinguished Alumni Award
East Providence Patch

5 Questions with Todd Flaherty
Providence Business News

Class helps students prepare for college, beyond
Providence Journal

2011 Business Excellence Award article
Providence Business News

2011 Business Excellence Award video
Providence Business News

College Crusade expands education-access programs to Cranston
Cranston Herald

RI receives $3 million to help students GEAR UP for college
Office of U.S. Senator Jack Reed

Judge Thompson lauded for increasing college access for urban youth
Cranston Patch

The College Crusade of RI awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships this year
Providence Business News

Students get unexpected boost on road to college
The Providence Journal

Middle schoolers build self-esteem at College Crusade
The Times (Pawtucket)

College Crusade Keeps RI Teens Focused over School Break

The College Crusade Readies Youth for Higher Ed … and It’s Fun!
The Times (Pawtucket)

Crusading for Pawtucket’s young writers (.pdf)
The Times (Pawtucket)

The College Crusade Announces Winter Programs for Urban Teens

The College Crusade of Rhode Island Names Todd Flaherty, Ed.D., As President & CEO
Providence Business News

Kids make “Ways to A’s” (.pdf)
The Times (Pawtucket)

The College Crusade of Rhode Island Awarded Over $1 Million in Scholarships This Year
Providence Business News

Cox Charities awards $12,000 community grant to The College Crusade
Cox Communications

The College Crusade of Rhode Island Receives Grants Totaling $35,500
Providence Business News

2009 and before

With Reed’s help, College Crusade aids the disadvantaged
The Providence Sunday Journal

More than 300 students join The College Crusade
Providence Business News

News feature, Fall 2009 newsletter (.pdf)
National College Access Network

News feature, Summer 2009 newsletter (.pdf)
National College Access Network

College Crusade says members graduate at higher rate than peers
Providence Business News

Jóvenes rumbo al programa College Crusade of Rhode Island
Providence En Español

Estudiante de Providence, seleccionado para conferencia de liderazgo juvenil nacional
Providence En Español

College Crusade gets $85K for student aid
Providence Business News

News feature, Spring 2009 newsletter (.pdf)
National College Access Network

Students on a crusade for college
The Providence Journal

$100K grant awarded to The College Crusade of Rhode Island
Providence Business News

Member feature, Winter 2009 newsletter (.pdf)
National College Access Network

Valley’s All Stars: Local kids get College Crusade designation
Woonsocket Call

Worthy crusade: Mentoring to help urban youths succeed
The Providence Journal

Small state’s big challenges
National Crosstalk

Recent Stories

  • We Thank You for Your Support

    The College Crusade is truly grateful to The Rhode Island Foundation for a $150,000 grant to support our operational needs, which is critical to maintaining the quality and scope of ...

  • Our New High School Participation Champs

    Participation is such an important element of success! Congrats to all these high school students, who had the highest levels of College Crusade participation in their schools in fall 2016. ...

  • Our Middle School Students Score High Honors for Participation

    Congratulations to all our middle school students who have earned high honors in College Crusade participation this year. We are proud of your dedication and applaud you for your accomplishment! ...

  • Robots in the Ring

    Congrats to the members of our robotics team, Elite Machinez, who competed in the 2017 statewide FIRST Tech Challenge on Saturday, February 4! Working hard since last fall with the ...

  • 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 ...

  • Students and Alumni 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, ...