Youth Development

College Crusade of Rhode Island

  • Providence, RI
  • www.thecollegecrusade.org

Mission Statement

The mission of The College Crusade of Rhode Island is to increase high school graduation, college and career readiness, and college completion for youth in Rhode Island's low-income communities.

Main Programs

  1. College and Career Readiness/College Completion Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Rhode Island

Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket, Rhode Island

ruling year

1990

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Todd D. Flaherty

Keywords

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college access program

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EIN

22-3031765

 Number

7796983267

Physical Address

134 Thurbers Ave. Suite 111

Providence, RI 02905

Also Known As

The College Crusade of Rhode Island

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The College Crusade is Rhode Island’s premiere college-readiness and scholarship program and a national leader in the field. The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships has recognized us as an organization “implementing one of the very best college readiness programs in the country” (Hector Garza, Ed.D., President).

The College Crusade of Rhode Island has a solid track record of increasing college access rates for urban students participating in our program. Over the last four years, 62% of Crusaders have gone directly on to higher education after graduation – one and a half times the rate for students from Rhode Island urban schools (42%).

 

In addition, preliminary results from a higher education retention study performed by Northeastern University reveal exceptional college retention rates for Crusaders at the state’s public colleges. For example, the first-year retention rate for Crusaders at Rhode Island College is 89%, in sharp contrast to 72% for minority students and 76% for all students. At the University of Rhode Island, 100% of Crusaders were retained after one year, vs. 85% of minority students and 81% of all students.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

College and Career Readiness/College Completion Program

Although progress is being made, student academic achievement and graduation and college matriculation rates in the state’s urban districts are well below what they should be. Just 63% of students in the state’s four largest urban districts graduate from high school on time. The percentage of students graduating from the state’s schools with the greatest number of low-income students and going immediately on to college is also low (42%). Most students do not receive the practical and individualized advice on college and career preparation they require.

 

The College Crusade is Rhode Island’s most comprehensive college readiness and scholarship program for urban middle school and high school students. We serve the state’s most disadvantaged students; 96% of Crusaders are low income, 88% are racial/ethnic minorities, and 76% will be the first in the family to earn a college degree. We provide a seamless system of consistent adult support and academic enrichment opportunities to students in grades 6-12. Our team of 19 full-time middle school and high school Advisors in 31 schools in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Woonsocket forges relationships with Crusaders, encourages them to pursue high academic goals, and helps them navigate the college preparation and admission process. Advisors are a culturally diverse group of young professionals who are compelling mentors for Crusaders because they are from similar backgrounds and have overcome obstacles to achieve educational success. Our program also provides consistent academic enrichment, social-personal development, career awareness and exploration, and preparation for post-secondary education. Services include adventure and academic programming; study skills programs; career visits and speakers; test preparation assistance; college visits and shadowing; financial aid workshops; and mentoring programs. As an incentive, we give students up to four years of college scholarships.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$5,415,215.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Rhode Island

Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Funding Needs

The College Crusade is funded by diverse sources of revenue, including the U.S. Department of Education GEAR UP, the State of Rhode Island, grants from foundations and corporations, contributions from individuals and local businesses, and special events. Despite our fiscally conservative approach, robust scholarship fund, and successful fundraising history, deep cuts on the state level in recent years have presented a challenge. Our state allocation has been reduced from $1.4 million in FY 2007 to $528,000 for the last three fiscal years. Support from the private sector is crucial to our ability to continue providing college-readiness services to thousands of students and to meet strict GEAR UP matching grant requirements.

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The College Crusade of Rhode Island
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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College Crusade of Rhode Island

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Principal Officer

Todd D. Flaherty

BIO

The College Crusade of Rhode Island has exceptionally strong executive leadership and a highly experienced management team. Our president and CEO, Todd D. Flaherty, Ed. D., brings 36 years of education and leadership experience to our organization, having worked in Rhode Island as a Teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and as Deputy Commissioner of Education (for 12 years) focusing on urban reform. Todd is also active at a national level, having served as Deputy in Residence for the Council of Chief State School Officers and Senior Policy Consultant for the National High School Center. He is assisted by Vice President of Operations William Formicola. Bill has over 30 years of experience leading major education and workforce development initiatives, including 11 years at The College Crusade. He oversees a seasoned team of three program managers with an average of 16 years of experience each in program development and delivery at The College Crusade.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Paul Moran, CPA, ADR

Yarlis, Kaplan, Santilli & Moran, LTD

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