PFS recently awarded several $500-$2,000 mini-grants to support new and existing partnerships dedicated to college access and success.
College Access 101
Blackstone Academy Charter School & Brown University
A new partnership is emerging between Blackstone Academy Charter School and Brown University to support college access for Blackstone students. For many years, Blackstone has hosted Brown University MAT students for their student teaching assignments. This year, the partnership will further develop in order to specifically support college readiness and success.
Brown Brain Bee
Brown University and The College Advising Corps
The Brown University Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition open to all high school students in Rhode Island. The competition tests the students’ knowledge of various aspects of neuroscience through both a written and oral assessment. The purpose of the Brain Bee is to encourage high school students in Rhode Island to develop a greater understanding of and enthusiasm for science. By introducing youth to neuroscience in a rewarding and encouraging setting, the competition not only enables students to learn more about the brain but also provides them with the skills necessary to think scientifically and creatively.
PACking for the Journey
Johnson & Wales University and Veazie Street Elementary School
The PACking for the Journey (Preparing for and Accessing College) program deepens and enhances the PK-16 partnership between Johnson & Wales University and Veazie Street Elementary School. Currently, JWU students work weekly with Veazie fifth graders on leadership skill development in order to help students prepare for secondary school. The PACking for the Journey program will further focus Veazie students on the potential goal of a college degree, as well as give them concrete information and steps needed to achieve their goals in higher education, careers and active citizenship.
Annual “5th Grade Day” Program
Warren/Bristol Public School Department and Roger Williams University
Fifth Grade Day, established in 2008, is sponsored annually by the Bristol/Warren Regional School District, RWU Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, and the RWU Office of Student Programs and Leadership. The purpose of the program is to provide fifth graders with an opportunity to explore the possibility of future careers, set high academic goals, tour the campus, and participate in team building activities.
RI Transitions to College and Community College of Rhode Island
Professional Development Opportunity for College Access Professionals
This project will provide the opportunity for 10 teachers/administrators who are presently part of the RI Transition to College and Careers Initiative to attend the National Transition to College Network (NCTN) Conference. The need for ongoing professional development is essential for teachers and administrators in the adult education field and those at CCRI involved in the transition of adults to postsecondary. Conference participants will use the Transition to College Professional Learning Community (PLC) as a platform to reflect on information gained through attending the conference and as a tool to disseminate their best practices.