***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.
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 email@example.com or (401) 490-3996)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 .
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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“I want to go to college to prove that it’s not impossible for someone like me. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, you just need to keep trying.”
Anthony, Hope High School class of 2014, RISD class of 2018
With the help of CV supporters, Anthony is going to RISD. With your continued support, CV will be there for him throughout his college journey. When you support CV, you help first-generation Rhode Island students like Anthony walk across the stage to accept their college diplomas.
Thank you for your support!
Click here to read more about Anthony's story.
Envisioning Success: 100 Degrees and Rising
The Met School's Black Box Theater
325 Public St., Providence, RI, 02907
Monday, June 2, 2014
Light refreshments will be served
Please click here to RSVP.
Parking will be available in The Met parking lot. Bus routes 1, 3, and 11 go to The Met.
Map available here.
This month CV had the pleasure of speaking with our very own 2008 alum Gleyribel Rodriguez, Mount Pleasant High School class of 2008 and University of Rhode Island class of 2012. Gleyribel is a CV three-fer: a CV alum, a CV staff advisor, and a CV donor. Gleyribel is an amazing combination of compassionate and dedicated youth worker and highly organized fund development coordinator. We are very lucky to work with her.
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