National Project:

NAAHP- College Readiness, Access & Retention Institute (CRARI) is a national pre-college enrichment program based on time-tested research and is designed to prepare, engage and empower students on their journey to college and life. By the end of the 2018 school year, NAAHP-CRARI plans to have served 5000 (+) students enrolled in 6 states, beginning with the following states:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Maryland

Project Mission:

NAAHP-CRARI exists to close the achievement gap, create access to and ensure retention in higher education institutions amongst minority students through intensive college readiness, college retention, leadership development and mentoring services.

Project Purpose:

NAAHP-CRARI is an extension of NAAHP designed to create a pipeline at the national level in which students of Haitian ancestry and other minority groups are properly groomed for the transition to college and the professional world through the removal of social and financial barriers to access to higher educational institutions and professional advancement.

CRARI’s Expected Outcomes for Grades 8-12:

  • Established goal of college attendance
  • Established goal of college awareness and exposure
  • Career awareness
  • College visits
  • Goal of promoting academic skills
  • Goal of promoting rigorous course taking
  • Leadership development
  • Parental involvement
  • Parent college awareness
  • Parent assistance with financial aid application process
  • Access to SAT and ACT preparation and support
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Begins in the 8th grade
  • Mentoring

NAAHP-CRARI is a results-driven organization and our work is evident in our planned outcomes. Through our intensive, hands-on service delivery efforts, we strive to produce the following outcomes:


Short-Term Results –

  • 95% of participants will increase their desire to stay in school, graduate high school and attend college or career path that leads to sustainable employment
  • 90% of students will show a minimum of 20 point gain in all skills covered
  • 95% improvement in self-esteem
  • 100% of faithful attendees will complete the program with a 5-year plan; high school, college or career plan and list of career interests
  • 98% will show satisfaction with overall program content

Long-Term Results –

  • Improved school attendance by 65%
  • Decreased referrals and interventions by 65%
  • Improved reading, writing, math, vocabulary and test-taking skills 40%
  • Increased desire to complete high school and enroll in college by 95%
  • Increased desire to perform at a higher academic level by 85%
  • Improved grade point average (GPA)
  • Increased understanding of importance of academic performance and college acceptance by 90%
  • Increased high school graduation rate by 85%
  • Increased awareness about college and career by 90%
  • Improved career readiness skills by 85%
  • Improved disposition about school and community
  • Long-term support for partner schools and organizations
  • Increased desire to continue in CRARI Year-round program (beginning in August) by 90%
  • Increased desire to lead and take initiatives throughout the school year
  • Follow-up through college graduation or career track completion
  • Engaged parents in the learning process through ongoing support and educational workshops

College Readiness

College Readiness means being aware of one’s options and having a clear understanding of what it takes to make informed decisions about one’s choices.

College Readiness means placing one’s self in the position to be eligible to apply to and be accepted into a college of choice. This includes enrolling and performing well in all core academic high school classes.

College Readiness means having an overall preparation to ensure enrollment in college level classes and avoiding remedial courses, which can in turn prolong the time spent in college as well as burdened the increased college costs.

NAAHP-CRARI has established a foundation from which students can grow academically. We specialize in offering intensive skills buiding to ensure academic success year-round while assuring that our students are ready for the rigor of a college course load.

Strong Skills Emphasis:

  • Reading Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Note-taking Skills
  • Test-taking Skills
  • Vocabulary Skills
  • Standardized Test-prep (Khan Academy)
  • Presentation Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Self-esteem Skills
  • Team-building Skills
  • College Planning
  • Career Planning
  • Financial Literacy
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Leadership Development
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Life Skills
  • Social Etiquette
  • Classroom Etiquette

College Access

It is a proven fact that students who have attained a high school diploma can earn a higher income than those who did not. The same is true for students with a college degree; they have the potential to earn twice as much as those with a high school diploma.

Selecting the right college to attend is one of the most important decisions that a student can make in his/her lifetime – where they choose to live, the friends they make, and place to work all begin with their college choice. With that in mind, the decision to select the right college is a process that is worth the time invested. In committing to the timely process, students will find that “college is a match to be made and not a prize to be won.” –Frank Sacks. For this reason, CRARI is committed to significantly impact the college access process by removing barriers to college enrollment, providing innovative and personable college preparation, through the following services:

  • College Planning
  • College Search
  • College Advisement
  • College Major Career Exploration
  • College Selection
  • College Tours
  • Assistance with College Application
  • Assistance with College Essay Writing
  • College Entrance Exams Preparation
  • Assistance with Selecting the BEST-fit School
  • Parent Eduational Workshops
  • Scholarship Search
  • Financial Literacy

College Retention

NAAHP-CRARI believes in forming long-term relationships with our students. First-generation students face more challenges when they get to college than students whose parents are college educated, due to the continuous exposure and constant support. Our relationship with our students is based on a solid foundation paved with high expectations for college success, which includes college graduation. To ensure our students receive a continuum of care upon high school graduation, CRARI offers a host of services to our college students, as noted below:

CRARI’s Services for College Students:

  • Goal of college graduation
  • Assistance with exploring college majors based on interests, talents and skills
  • Assistance with financial aid application
  • Assistance with access to college resources
  • Assistance with access to scholarship resources
  • Assistance with college involvement opportunities
  • Ongoing college advisement and counseling on course selection
  • Individualized career counseling
  • Leadership development
  • Development of a five-year plan
  • College exit plan
  • Internship placement
  • Graduation progression tracking
  • Mentoring

School & Community Partnerships

NAAHP-CRARI is driven by one intent and that is to break the achievement gap in education and in the workforce. To do so we understand the importance of early investment and timely preparation. It is with this mind-frame that we seek to partner with the following entities through which we work to create a transformational experience for all program participants. Our primary partnerships include the following entities:

  • Local School Districts
  • Local Colleges & Universities
  • Municipal Government
  • Local Community Social Service Providers
  • Local Non-profit Organizations
  • Corporations