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RI Students Prepare for Higher Education in 2017


January 18, 2017

The College Crusade of Rhode Island hosts dozens of college-readiness programs for students and families this winter

Providence, R.I., January 18, 2017 – The College Crusade of Rhode Island today announced the start of its winter 2017 schedule, which includes many free programs designed to increase educational and career success for thousands of students in Rhode Island’s low-income urban communities. College Crusade programs are offered weekdays after school, on weekends, and during school vacations. Programs range from academic enrichment and SAT test preparation to college visits, career workshops, and adventure education. Upcoming winter 2017 programs for College Crusade members include the following:

•  Saturday Math Academy – January 21 to April 1
A 10-week multi-level academic enrichment program that helps middle school students build math skills. Held at Central High School, Providence.

•  Critical Thinking & Writing Workshop – January 21 to April 1
Hands-on writing workshops for middle school and high school students focused on the theme of media literacy. Participants engage in critical thinking, large- and small-group discussions, and individual writing. Held Saturdays at Providence College.

•  Step Up Conference – February 4 & April 8
A Saturday conference designed to help eighth graders prepare for the transition to high school. Workshops presented by invited speakers address the high school course load, time management skills, and social issues such as bullying. Held at Nathan Bishop Middle School, Providence.

•  SAT Test Preparation – February 4 to April 29
A 12-week course in SAT preparation and practice tests for high school students. Held on Saturdays at Providence Career & Technical Academy.

•  Winter Vacation Club – February 20-24
A week of activities for middle school and high school Crusaders during February school vacation. Middle school students will participate in Exchange City, an interactive learning environment in business and civics hosted by Education in Action. Programs for high school students feature Dollars for College, an interactive financial planning toolkit, and 16 Summers, a multimedia curriculum on the benefits of higher education that teaches young people how to navigate the college application process and how to plan financially for college. Held at Blackstone Academy, Pawtucket.

•  Career Days – February 11 & March 25
Two Saturday conferences that introduce middle school students to a wide variety of career fields and career professionals. Students also learn about the educational requirements necessary for these careers. Guest speakers represent industries such as healthcare, finance, business, journalism, law and law enforcement, education, science, and technology. Held at Rhode Island College and Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick campus.

•  CAAP (Crusade Adventure and Academic Program) – March to May
A 10-week program in adventure education for middle school students that improves self-esteem and develops skills in problem solving, team building, and healthy risk taking. Includes a writing component. Held on Saturdays at Roger Williams Middle School, Providence.

•  ReadAbout – Through April
A computer-assisted learning program for sixth-grade students, using a curriculum created by Scholastic, Inc. Includes quiet reading, writing in response to text, and teacher-guided sessions. Held Saturdays at Segue Institute for Learning, Central Falls.

•  Cru Club – Through May
A series of college-readiness and career-exploration programs provided to students after school and on Saturdays. Featured programs include college advising, adult mentoring, homework help, financial literacy, language arts development, art and music enrichment, science and engineering workshops, study-skills and life-skills workshops, book clubs, writing workshops, career speakers, career decision-making activities, and service learning projects. Held weekdays in Rhode Island middle schools and high schools and on Saturdays at Community College of Rhode Island, Providence campus.

•  Family Engagement Programs
Family Workshops: Weekly programs designed to help families support their children’s educational success and personal development. New Family Orientations: One-on-one meetings to introduce families of new Crusaders to membership benefits and requirements. Parent Council: Monthly meetings that emphasize leadership development and promote parents to volunteer & support the efforts of the Family Engagement office. Family Forums: Monthly gatherings that invite parents to come together to promote a positive change in their children’s educational experience and to identify and discuss topics of concern within their community.

About The College Crusade of Rhode Island
The mission of The College Crusade is to increase high school graduation, college and career readiness, and college completion for youth in Rhode Island’s low-income communities. The College Crusade supports approximately 4,500 students in middle school, high school, and college each year. The organization enrolls 6th and 7th graders who attend public and public charter schools in Providence, Cranston, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket. From the time they join through grade 12, Crusaders experience the steady, nurturing presence of caring adults and participate year-round in activities that focus on academic enrichment, social and personal development, career awareness and exploration, and preparation for college. Crusaders who attend colleges in Rhode Island also benefit from postsecondary transition and success services. In addition, since 2001, The College Crusade has awarded over $33 million in college scholarships to more than 4,200 RI students. For more information, please visit www.thecollegecrusade.org.

The College Crusade is a nonprofit organization 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.


Karen Donovan
Marketing & Communications Officer

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