What We Do

Learning for Life (L4L) is a research-based, multi-faceted community and college partnership that links students to a network of services, supports and opportunities. This collaborative work fortifies students for college success and removes any challenges that they may encounter in keeping college a central priority in their lives. L4L is a joint effort of the RIC Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Student Affairs, with project oversight by Co-Principal Investigators - Dr. Scott Kane and Dr. Ron Pitt. The L4L staff team includes networks of peer mentors/advocates called Navigators, two Educational Support Facilitators, a Data Specialist, and a Project Director. The L4L community is about resilience and excellence, moving side-by-side with students to meet the challenges in becoming a college graduate.

The L4L Community is organized through networks of support, led by Educational Support Facilitators who serve as the central point of contact for students served by the project as well as the Navigators. Ed Facilitators, as we call them, also coordinate project objectives including outreach to students, the development of marketing materials, communications, and collaborative initiatives. Clinical oversight for the Navigators is provided through a faculty member of the School of Social Work, Dr. Jennifer Meade.

What we offer:

  • Navigators: Connections to a network of trained peer advocates

    Navigators are Masters or Senior level students whose primary role is to support the students we serve, called L4L Scholars, as they work toward their academic goals. Each Navigator will work with a network of students, building bridges upon which students can reach each other and the resources they need for success. We provide personalized and confidential support and follow-up.

  • Linkages to Resources: Connections to on- and off-campus services

    L4L links students to a wide range of services, supports, and opportunities that help with everything from housing, transportation, financial planning, career exploration, academic support, personal challenges, and other unforeseen life circumstances.

  • Community Building Events: Connections to the campus and with each other

    L4L coordinates opportunities for students to engage with each other, as well as with campus and community partners. They include monthly, student-themed Community Lunches, FAFSA completion events, study groups, and meet-and-greet events. We are always looking for new ways to connect with students, so please share your ideas for events or activities we can try!

  • Partnerships and Collaborations: Connections to new resources on- and off-campus

    L4L functions as a catalyst to build collaborations among campus and community resources as well as to seed new initiatives for student success.

Page last updated: September 11, 2015