In 2015, Lisbeth stepped on a stage at Rhode Island College to introduce President Obama. Meeting the President was a well-deserved honor for Lisbeth. But this moment almost never happened. When Lisbeth joined College Visions she had endless talent but she was undocumented. In 12th grade, the implications of her immigration status became real and she thought her future was a dead end.
We are proud that so many of our College Visions alums now support us as donors. Adrienne was part of College Visions’ class of 2006 and attended Clark University where she earned both a BA in Photography & Film Studies and a MA in Public Administration. 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.
"I want to thank College Visions for their help in high school and after. I really expected the relationship to end after high school, but it's continued in a great way through the College Success Program. I hope to work more with CV in the future providing my services whenever I can. Also, to students: as annoying as the process may seem, it would be a million times worse without the great people at CV."
The CV Lab trains educators to be effective college advisors and enables organizations and schools to develop successful college access and completion programs, creating a powerful ripple effect that puts thousands of first-gen students on the path to a degree.
I was born in Guatemala and moved to Rhode Island with my family when I was nine years old. Higher education always seemed out of reach for me until College Visions, a local non-profit organization, took interest in me, and instilled in my life something I was longing for—hope.
—LISBETH, Rhode Island College ‘16
When I saw the whole college application process, I already felt defeated. My College Visions advisor let me know that she was going to be there with me the whole time. She took that early fear away and made me push through and look at me now—I’m in college and doing great!
—BEN, University of Rhode Island '18
Having someone who wants to listen to you talk about your experiences with college and lets you know that they believe in you is very uplifting, and a great reminder of why you are choosing the path that you are. It also reminds me that people are giving their time to me, so when I get older I need to give back.
—KENYSHA, Salem College '16
I didn't know the first thing about applying to college or how to decide what was the perfect fit for me. But College Visions guided me through the whole process and continued to be there for me through their College Success Program. This is such a great resource for those in need of guidance because you become a member of a family-like community as well.
—MONEPHIA, University of Rhode Island '15
When I was in high school, I didn’t have any friends in college and the friends I did have didn’t seem so interested. Being at CV in a group of peers all motivated towards getting accepted into their top college choice was enough to keep me in the game.
—GLENN, University of Rhode Island '12
CV's support through college was incredible. Nursing school was not easy, but having an entire organization supporting me has helped me to accomplish goals and get places that I’m not sure I otherwise would have. Thank you so much!”