“CV care packages gave me a boost of confidence. Sounds strange I know. But it did, not because of what was inside, but because of the people passing them out. Our advisors believe in us so much they take the time out to put the packages together and the effort is what I appreciate more than the package itself.”

Sierra, Classical High School Class of 2014, URI Class of 2018


“I like the care packages so much because they are just a symbol of support in hard times during finals! Everyone is tired and doesn’t want to study anymore, but the package reminds you why you are doing what you’re doing.”

Ben, Academy for Career Exploration Class of 2013, URI Class of 2017

We do believe in CV students, and we know you believe in them too! Thanks to you, CV is able to give every one of our college students a care package each semester. Care packages arrive just in time to help students through those hectic days of final exams, and when possible we drop them off in person!
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Adrienne was part of College Visions’ class of 2006. She attended Clark University where she earned both a BA in Photography and Film Studies and a MA in Public Administration. Adrienne now works as a photo-based artist here in Providence, RI where she is also Director of the Krause Gallery at Moses Brown School. Adrienne tells us that, “College Visions touched every member of my family in a real and lasting way,” and that is a big part of the reason that she is a committed CV friend and donor.

How did you get involved with College Visions? I first got involved with College Visions when I was a student at New Urban Arts, an after school art studio for high school students in Providence. Back then, Simon ran CV all by himself and would run his workshops with students in existing youth development organizations, like New Urban Arts and Youth in Action for example.

What’s one of your favorite CV memories? Simon organized a group of students to go to New York City for a day to take a college tour of Pace University and Pratt Institute. For the ride down, he had made a special game called "Name that Beat" and a mix CD of original songs. As we all listened to the songs we had to guess what most recent song had sampled the original song. I remember having so much fun on the ride that I forgot how nervous and anxious I was about going to view the colleges. Simon was really great at encouraging us to relax and have fun during the whole college application process.

Did CV help you achieve something you may not have achieved on your own? When I first started applying to colleges I thought that I wanted to be a doctor. I really enjoyed art making and taking photographs at New Urban Arts, but I wasn't sure if I could make a life and a career as an artist. I grew up with my family insisting that I should be a doctor, so I made myself believe that that was what I was supposed do. I went on every college tour that Simon had organized through CV, even the art colleges. And from these tours of the art colleges, I saw just how great being an art student could be. I saw that it could be possible to be an art student and a successful artist from there. So from then on out, I only applied to liberal arts colleges that had good science programs and good art programs, just to keep my options open.

Why do you continue to support CV as a donor? I owe a great deal to CV. I'm the oldest child in my immediate family. We just didn't know how to navigate through the college process on our own. I certainly didn't feel properly prepared by my high school guidance councilors, who were dealing with hundreds of students. CV was so helpful in walking me through the process with no stress and at no cost to my parents. I continue to support CV because my wish would be that CV can continue to provide this precious and meaningful service to the students who need it the most.

Click here to view some of Adrienne's art!

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(Click the image above to watch Lisbeth share her story.)

When President Obama came to town to speak at Rhode Island College, CV and RIC student Lisbeth was invited to introduce him and share her story. We are so proud of Lisbeth for representing first-gen students and women in STEM. When you support CV, you make these moments possible!


Thank you for your support!

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***Thanks to all of you who have donated to honor Kolajo! Because of you we have now raised more than $6,000. Because we reached (and surpassed!) our goal of $5,000, the College Visions board will contribute an additional $2,500 in matching funds. You can still give, and your donation will support talented low-income and first generation college students as they SUCCEED in college. Thank you!***

Last year hundreds turned out to run in memory of Kolajo. The CV College Success Program is named in honor of Kolajo Paul Afolabi, who passed away unexpectedly in 2011. Kolajo was a volunteer, donor, and Board member at College Visions. He was also a rising star in the academic world, exploring higher education persistence efforts. While Kolajo’s academic work predicted a future in shaping large-scale higher education policy, he maintained a strong commitment to impacting his local community. And his research focused on ensuring disadvantaged populations have access to educational opportunity. It was with this spirit that he got involved at College Visions.

On September 21, we will run the 2nd Annual 5K for Kolajo. This is a virtual 5K, so you can run, walk, or stroll wherever you are and you can do it alone or in a group. The generous donations given to the 5K for Kolajo go to benefit low-income, first-generation as they push past barriers to become college graduates.

Click here to go to the 5K for Kolajo Facebook group here for more information and updates


Click here to go to the 5K for Kolajo page on Crowdrise to register for the event.

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College Visions Students Need You!

Help CV high school seniors prepare for their college interviews! We're looking for volunteers to serve as mock interviewers at CV Interview Prep Day. We'll provide snacks and training at the beginning of the day, and then you'll interview CV students and give constructive feedback to improve their interview skills. It's a great way to work directly with CV students and support them on their path to college.

The event will take place:

Saturday, October 4, 2014


College Visions, 131 Washington Street, Suite 205, Providence, RI 02903

Please click here to sign up!

Huge thanks to all of our volunteers, CV students could not do it without you!

(And if you would like to volunteer, but you can't attend on Oct. 4th, please contact Gleyribel at or (401) 490-3996)

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College Visions is hosting a fun and informative open house for parents, guardians, and students. It will be a great opportunity to learn about the College Visions program directly from your student's college advisor. Come and gain a better understanding of how you can play an active role in your student's college admissions process. Snacks will be provided!

College Visions presentara una noche informativa para familias, tutores, y estudiantes. Sera Una gran oportunidad para aprender sobre nuestro programa directamente de los consejeros trabajando con su estudiante. Venga a recibir un mejor entendimiento de como apoyar a su estudiante en el proceso de aplication a la universidad.

This event will take place at (El evento tomara lugar en):

College Visions' Office (La Oficinia de College Visions)

131 Washington Street, Suite 205

Providence, RI 02903

Thursday, August 21st (Jueves, 21 de Agosto)

5:00 to 7:00pm

The most convenient parking is on Washington Street. Parking is free after 6:00pm. (El estacionamento mas conveniente es en la calle Washinton St. y sera gratis despues de las 6:00 pm.)

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at the office at (401) 490-3996 or via email at

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor no dude en llamarnos. Usted puede localizarnos en el trabajo al (401) 490-3996 o via correo electronico a

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Host a College Visions Birthday Party

Were you thinking of throwing yourself a birthday party? Why not ask your family and friends to come and celebrate with you by making a donation to College Visions!

We will send you a College Visions info sheet to share with your guests and donation cards. Please contact if you have questions and to let us know you would like to host a birthday party.

After your party, we hope that you will share your donor contact info so that we can thank them for their gift and keep them updated.
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Learning for Life (L4L), an innovative partnership between Rhode Island College (RIC) and community-based organizations, aims to connect traditionally underrepresented students at RIC to a full range of services, supports, and opportunities that together strengthen student success and combat barriers that might inhibit the path to degree completion. L4L carries out this work through a network of navigators strategically placed within various offices around campus. This practice allows L4L to effectively introduce students to resources both at the college and in the community, while uncovering resource gaps and opportunities for new partnerships.

As the conversation around college completion continues to develop at the national level, College Visions would like to recognize L4L’s pioneering spirit and holistic approach to college access and success work. L4L’s structure is groundbreaking, and an important part of the broader commitment to college access and success by Rhode Island institutions of higher education. We are honored to be a partner in this collective effort and look forward to jointly working to increase college completion rates for first-generation and low-income students in our community .

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Meet Onelissa, 2009 grad of Providence’s Cooley High School, and now a proud member of Middlebury College’s class of 2014. What does it feel like to be a recent college grad and CV grad? Onelissa tell us about her experience here.

1) First off, congratulations, and how does it feel to be a college graduate!?

Thank you! & WOW, I'm a college grad...what!? The feeling is probably typical of any other college grad. A mixed bag of "thank God I'm done, hello real world,” but also the "what am I going to do now, what's next?!"

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We had a full house at CV’s annual celebration. With 40 college grads, 65 college-bound 12th graders, and their proud families and friends, it was our biggest celebration to date.


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