College Reach-Out Program (CROP)
The College Reach-Out Program (CROP) was established in 1983 by the Florida Department of Education to motivate and prepare educationally disadvantaged, low income students in grades 6 through 12 to pursue and successfully complete a college education. Barry University is the first and only Florida CROP program to provide individual, family, and group therapeutic counseling services to its participants.
Our mission is to provide counseling services to strengthen students’ emotional, cognitive, and behavioral skills to enhance academic and personal achievement. Through the years, the program has been a proven success. During the academic year 2004-2005, 56 of our 62 high school seniors graduated from high school and 40 of these students went on to college. In the academic year 2005-2006, 79% of our CROP students graduated with a high school diploma compared to 59% percent of non-CROP students. Also, in the academic year 2005-2006, 72% of our CROP students went on to college whereas only 57% percent of non-CROP did.
Our CROP Program offers various services to enhance and enrich participants academically, personally, socially, and culturally.
- Individual and Group Counseling to address individual, family, and community barriers that affect personal and academic success.
- Summer Residential Program provides CROP participants with a college life experience for one week.
- Tutorial Instruction for FCAT, SAT, and ACT test preparation.
- Alternative to Suspension Counseling Program serves as a source of early intervention and prevention of repeated suspensions. CROP provides individual, group, and family counseling services to children and their parents within Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
- Mentoring Program provides middle and high school students the opportunity to be mentored by college students through exposure to college settings and dialogue about college, its barriers, and how to overcome them.
- Civic Engagement Opportunities allows middle and high school students to contribute, improve, and make a difference in their communities through various activities such as food drives and cleaning parks and beaches.
- Summer Science Camp engages middle and high school students to focus on science, math, reading, public speaking, and vocabulary skills. Parents are also invited to a Science Showcase Event where students present their Portfolio.
- Rhythms of Africa Music Program incorporates a global array of rhythms and sounds to a fun learning experience. Middle and high school students are encouraged to apply their experiences to principles of diversity, teamwork, and academic skills.
- Workshop that focus on students' curiosity, imagination, investigation, motivation, life skills, parental support, school and community engagement, college educational goals, and career opportunities.
- College Tours and Field Trips provide students first-hand exposure to colleges, universities, and educational opportunities.
- Family Counseling is provided to CROP participants and their families at no cost through the Dr. Maureen Duffy Family Enrichment Center at Barry University.
- Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony is a memorial and milestone event where CROP participants have opportunities to receive educational awards, scholarships and grants through essay contests, and are recognized for their achievements.
- CROP Newsletter is a publication that provides students, parents, and the community information about activities, new developments, and achievements regarding the CROP program and its participants.
Silvia Reyes, LMHC, NCC, MFT
Grants & Outreach Coordinator/ College Reach-Out Program Director
Barry University - Counseling Department - ADSOE Suite 271
11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, Florida 33161
Phone: 305-899-3742 (Toll-free 1-800-756-6000 ext. 3742)