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Partnerships and Collaborations


Partners provide essential to the project including funding, personnel, and student resources. Information found below is an excerpt from their website, please follow the link for more information on each.

Founding Partners

Outside LinkThe College Crusade of Rhode Island

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 they serve approximately 3,500 Crusaders from Rhode Island's most economically disadvantaged families in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, and Cranston. The Crusade combines 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. The College Crusade assists L4L in outreach and recruitment of Scholars with the project as well as technical assistance.

Outside LinkCollege Visions

College Visions empowers low-income and first-generation college-bound students to realize the promise of higher education by providing advising and resources to promote college enrollment, persistence, and graduation. College Visions advances equal access to educational opportunities in historically under-served communities. College Visions staff members are active participants on the project team and the advisory board. A staff member also serves as a Community Navigator, providing one-to-one support to students at RIC who have also been part of the College Visions Success Program.

Outside LinkGoodwill Industries of Rhode Island

The Mission of Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island is to provide training, education, and other services which result in employment and expanded economic opportunity. Goodwill works to remove barriers to employment in order to enhance people’s capacity for independent living, increased quality of life and work. One main source of support for L4L is the provision of resources for students, such as clothing and affordable computer equipment. Goodwill also runs the Providence Youth Center, which provides paid internships and other resources for students. Also, Goodwill is licensed to provide PowerPath Learning Assessments that identify individualized learning strategies with students.

Outside LinkRhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (OPC)

The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education, which operates under the direction of the Commissioner of Higher Education, is the administrative and research arm of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. In fulfilling the state and federal statutory and regulatory responsibilities of the Board of Governors, the Office of Higher Education serves to avoid costly duplication of services by carrying out and coordinating certain functions on a system-wide basis. Examples of such functions include collective bargaining and administration of collective bargaining agreements, system-wide planning, legislative and executive relations, capital development, liaison with national and regional education agencies, data gathering and analysis, education policy development, facilities planning and oversight, the staffing of presidential searches, budgetary consolidation, and staff work for the Board of Governors and its subcommittees. OPC serves as the state administrator for the College Access Challenge Grant, the main funding source for L4L through the U.S. Department of Education.

RIC School of Social Work (SSW)

The Navigator model of student support was developed in partnership with the School of Social Work. The model includes a training curriculum that includes social work principles at its foundation. Though Navigators represent other related fields to social work, most are social work majors serving as Navigator interns. The SSW field office and faculty supervisor for the interns, Dr. Jennifer Meade, coordinate the selection of interns and ongoing support.

RIC Unity Center

The Unity Center is the Rhode Island College multicultural center. Its mission is to promote the accessibility of educational services and the opportunity for excellence to all students through collaborative programming among its student affiliates, faculty, staff and the wider community. The Unity Center served as the first main hub for Learning for Life, providing an opportunity to reach out to students in one of the hearts of student activity on campus. The Unity Center provided space and a founding presence for L4L. Since this early partnership that began in 2012, the Unity Center and L4L have worked together on multiple initiatives to: create a student resource area to bring needed campus and community services to students in a comfortable, safe drop-in space; advance the Center’s textbook lending library; provide leadership development opportunities for students; and co-host national speakers for diversity and inclusion.

New Partners

Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP)

The Preparatory Enrollment Program retains and graduates a select number of low-income or first-generation students who demonstrate a potential for academic excellence. The program supports the intellectual and social development of students by providing academic instruction and tutoring, faculty mentoring, a peer support network, workshops, and individual advising. We are a student-centered program characterized by an environment of diversity, cooperation, and community. PEP and L4L were joined in spring 2015, combining resources to provide a wider array of support for the students they serve. This expansion of RIC’s legacy access program is accomplished in partnership with the RIC Office of Student Life.

Outside LinkProvidence Children and Youth Cabinet (Providence CYC)

The Children and Youth Cabinet was formed in early 2010, recognizing the need for a table at which organizations and agencies working with children and youth come together to create a stronger network to support their work. Formed by then-Mayor Cicilline, the Cabinet established a vision and, early on, focused on the importance of using data to understand the programs and strategies that contribute to success for children and youth from cradle to career. The Providence CYC serve as the administrative lead for Providence’s Community Partnerships for Attainment grant through the Lumina Foundation, through Angela Romans, Principal Associate for the Annenberg Center for School Reform. L4L is a sub-grantee to develop a Latino Success Pilot Project, a cohort of 10-12 students who began together as Freshman and identify as Latino/Latina. Together, the pilot participants, CYC, and L4L will learn about ways to better meet the needs of Latino/a students and their families to ensure college success.

Outside LinkRhode Island Campus Compact (RICC)

Rhode Island Campus Compact strengthens the collective commitment and capacity of college and universities to advance civic and community engagement in order to fulfill the public purpose of higher education. This work is achieved by strengthening campus-community and building PK-20 partnerships, cultivating engaged scholarship, building a culture of civic engagement. RICC administers AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, one of whom, Jocivell Adames, serves the L4L Latino Success Project. ​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: August 20, 2018