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Partnerships and Collaborations

Collaborators are campus and/or community colleagues who have engaged in a mutual initiative with L4L. Partners provide essential funding, personnel, and student resources to L4L and the students we serve. Information found below is an excerpt from their website, please follow the link for more information on each.

Founding Partners

The College Crusade of Rhode Island

The College Crusade of Rhode Island is an innovative nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to reduce high school dropout rates and increase educational and career success for low-income urban youth. Each year they serve approximately 3,500 Crusaders from Rhode Island's most economically disadvantaged families in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, and Cranston. The Crusade combines the steady, nurturing presence of caring adults with a rich array of programs that focus on academic enrichment, social and personal development, career awareness and exploration, and preparation for postsecondary education. The College Crusade assists L4L in outreach and recruitment of Scholars as well as providing a College Crusade Advisor to serve Crusaders 4 days a week in the L4L space.

Outside Link College Visions

College Visions empowers low-income and first-generation college-bound students to realize the promise of higher education by providing advising and resources to promote college enrollment, persistence, and graduation. College Visions advances equal access to educational opportunities in historically under-served communities. College Visions team member’s serves as a Community Navigators, providing one-to-one support to students at RIC who have also been part of the College Visions Success Program.

Outside Link Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island

The Mission of Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island is to provide training, education, and other services which result in employment and expanded economic opportunity. Goodwill works to remove barriers to employment in order to enhance people’s capacity for independent living, increased quality of life and work. One main source of support for L4L is the provision of resources for students, such as clothing and affordable computer equipment.

Outside Link Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (OPC)

The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education, which operates under the direction of the Commissioner of Higher Education, is the administrative and research arm of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. In fulfilling the state and federal statutory and regulatory responsibilities of the Board of Governors, the Office of Higher Education serves to avoid costly duplication of services by carrying out and coordinating certain functions on a system-wide basis. OPC once served as the state administrator for the College Access Challenge Grant, which was the main funding source for L4L through the U.S. Department of Education.

RIC School of Social Work (SSW)

The Navigator model of student support was developed in partnership with the School of Social Work. The model includes a training curriculum that includes social work principles at its foundation. Though Navigators represent other related fields to social work, most are social work majors serving as Navigator interns. The SSW field office and faculty supervisor for the interns, Dr. Jennifer Meade, coordinate the selection of interns and ongoing support.

RIC Unity Center

The Unity Center is the Rhode Island College multicultural center. Its mission is to promote the accessibility of educational services and the opportunity for excellence to all students through collaborative programming among its student affiliates, faculty, staff and the wider community. The Unity Center served as the first main hub for Learning for Life, providing an opportunity to reach out to students in one of the hearts of student activity on campus. The Unity Center provided space and a founding presence for L4L. Since this early partnership that began in 2012, the Unity Center and L4L have worked together on multiple initiatives to: create a student resource area to bring needed campus and community services to students in a comfortable, safe drop-in space; advance the Center’s textbook lending library; and provide leadership development opportunities for students.

Partners/ Collaborators 


Career Development Center (RIC)

Children's Friend

Central Falls Pawtucket Housing Development

Disabilities Services Center (RIC) 

Financial Aid Office (RIC)

DUNAMIS Synergy Initiative, West Elmwood Housing Development Corp.

Finish Strong 

House of Hope

SNAP Outreach Worker

Sojourner House

Office of Student Life (RIC) 

Panera Bread 

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley

New Urban Arts

Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP) 

RIC A. L. L. I. E. D.- the Advanced Learning and Leadership Initiative for Educational Diversity

RIC Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CRCA)​

RI Student Loan Authority

We Share Hope

And More… ​

Page last updated: June 11, 2019