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College Visions is the newest Citizens Bank Champion in Action in the category of Youth Empowerment! What an honor! This award will be used to support low-income and first-generation Rhode Island students as they apply to college, enroll in college, and then persist until graduation. We are so thankful for for this investment in Rhode Island's talented young people. Thank you Citizens Bank and NBC 10 for this exciting opportunity!

Read more about Citizens Banks and the Champions in Action program:

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Join us on Tuesday, February 17 any time between 5:00-9:00pm at The Flatbread Company on 161 Cushing Street in Providence (right off Thayer behind CVS).

You eat pizza and CV gets a portion of the night’s proceeds!

You can find out more about Flatbread here or contact Gleyribel at for more information. The Flatbread Company does have a parking lot.

Big thanks to RISD first-year and CV student Anthony, who created our Flatbread banner!

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CV students are studying abroad in Korea, Spain, and Colombia. Because of your support, CV students achieve their goals at home and around the world!
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CV student Janessa graduated from Rhode Island College last year. During her senior year she travelled to Spain:

"I got on a Europe-bound plane and began one of the most exciting and valuable adventures of my life. Before that, I had never traveled outside of the country, but in less than 6 months I made my home base in southern Spain, and visited amazing cities like London, Paris, Venice, Rome and Tangier. Studying abroad was the most rewarding decision I made during my academic career. If you have the opportunity to live in another country, learn another language, meet new friends from all over the world, and explore places that you had only seen on TV. Trust me, you don't want to miss it!"

CV and Bentley University student Chris is spending a semester in Colombia as a student at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. Chris tells us:

"I chose Barranquilla Colombia because of the culture. It has a strong Caribbean influence, which was really attracted me because both of my parents are Haitian. I would also be attending one of the top schools in the country. The price and package of the program was incredible. Lastly, I would be immersed fully into the culture at the school."


"I have a goal to become fluent in 4 – 5 languages—English, French, Haitian Creole, Spanish, and Japanese. I would also like to learn how to dance a few traditional Colombian dances and become a better dancer overall. I want to meet many new people and really experience this new culture to the fullest."

Chris is chronicling his adventures in his blog, which you can click to read here

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A Huge THANK YOU to Bank of America!

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College Visions Named a Neighborhood Builder by Bank of America

This generous award provides CV with leadership training and $200,000 in flexible funding to support low-income and first-generation students in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named College Visions a 2014 Neighborhood Builder in recognition of the organization’s dedication to youth mentoring and promoting college readiness in low-income communities in Rhode Island. Neighborhood Builders® is a strategic investment in communities that combines $200,000 in flexible funding with leadership training for high-performing nonprofits and their executives.

College Visions provides low-income and first-generation youth in Rhode Island with individualized advising and resources needed to enroll in higher education and earn a degree. The need for college-focused advising programs in the state is critical. Less than half of Providence public school graduates enroll in college, and just 1 in 5 will earn a college degree, according to the nonprofit.

"Too many talented young people aspire to a college degree but never make it to the finish line,” said Simon Moore, executive director, College Visions. “Together with Bank of America, we're changing that. Our model empowers disadvantaged students to enter and graduate from college at an outstanding rate. Thanks to Neighborhood Builders support, College Visions will be able to reach hundreds more deserving youth."

“College Visions is helping to strengthen Rhode Island’s future, one student at a time,” said Bill Hatfield, Rhode Island president, Bank of America. “This investment will expand their life-changing programming for an even greater impact.”

Through the Neighborhood Builders program, Bank of America has given $2.6 million to 13 Rhode Island nonprofits over the past eight years, and 24 nonprofit leaders have completed the leadership training program.

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Reporters May Contact:

T.J. Crawford, Bank of America, 646.855.3301

Learn more about Bank of America at

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College Visions Students Need You!



When you give to College Visions, you give to the hopes and dreams of students like Dami.

"What I love about College Visions is the openness, friendliness, and the welcoming atmosphere. CV gets me and other minority students in Rhode Island the resources we need throughout the college process. My goal is to get into college and not go into too much debt. I just want something that gives me and my parents a stable life."

Dami, RINI High School Class of 2015, TBA College Class of 2019

Please consider a gift to College Visions by December 31st! Click the donate button to make a secure online donation or send a check to

College Visions

131 Washington Street, Suite 205

Providence, RI 02903.

Thank you for your support!


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“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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