Welcome to The College Crusade

 

Building a college-going culture for students from Rhode Island’s low-income communities

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. Our organization supports approximately 4,200 students in middle school, high school, and college each year. We enroll sixth graders who attend public and public charter schools in Providence, Cranston, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, and West Warwick. From the time they join through their early years of college, Crusaders experience the steady, nurturing presence of caring adults and participate year-round in programs 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, we have awarded over $43 million in college scholarships to more than 5,000 RI students.

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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Inew&n the News

In October 2018 we won a national award from Excelencia in Education for improving Latino student success in Rhode Island.

 

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 major funding since 1999 to support college-readiness programs for Crusaders, as well as scholarships for Crusaders who go on to higher education.

Recent Stories

  • Block Island Science Adventures

    Forty Crusaders in grades 9-12 traveled to Block Island over five weeks in July and August to study biodiversity with the Block Island Maritime Institute’s Dolphin Program. They spent a ...

  • We (Heart) Our Funders

    The College Crusade is grateful for the support of so many funders who make our work on behalf of students possible. We especially want to thank the following organizations for ...

  • Sabina + Kicha Go to the Youth Leadership Summit

    Story by Patience Adegboyega '16 Above, Sabina Mercado and Kicha Pinthiere pose with College Crusade staff members Josh Corria and Justin Roias at the 2018 Youth Leadership Summit, sponsored in July ...

  • Our Declassified High School Survival Guide: Passageways

    Story by Patience Adegboyega '16 Teacher, professional athlete, orphan, homeless person – what’s in a label? Crusaders in our summer Passageways program played the label game to learn about social attitudes ...

  • Summer Learning Adventures at CAAP

    Story and photographs by Patience Adegboyega '16 Our Crusade Academic & Adventure Program, or CAAP, packs dozens of different skill-building activities together with having fun and making friends. To describe CAAP, ...

  • Solving Puzzles + Making Mysteries

    Story and photographs by Patience Adegboyega ’16 I’m not alive, but I have five fingers...what am I? (A glove.) Which tire doesn’t turn when the car turns right? (The spare tire.) Middle school ...

  • Photography 101

    Story by Patience Adegboyega '16 Did you know you can make a camera out of cardboard and tape? For a week at the Rhode Island School of Design, high school Crusaders ...