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College Reach Out Programs (C.R.O.P.)

Funded by Florida Department of Education

The College Reach-Out Program (C.R.O.P.) was awarded $52,885.48 for 2014-15 by the Florida Department of Education. C.R.O.P. provides special support to low-income, underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged students in grades 6-12 in order to motivate and prepare them to attend college and complete their post-secondary education. Without intervention, those students would be unlikely to seek admission to a postsecondary institution.

Barry University’s Family CARE Center recognizes that familial, environmental, peer, and individual factors have a great impact on a student’s development, whether, academic, personal, and career. As a result, Barry-C.R.O.P. is the only program of its kind in the state of Florida to offer therapeutic counseling services to its participants and family members in addition to other academic and supportive services. Our goal is to eliminate barriers to school achievement and facilitate academic and personal success.

Since 1999, Florida Department of Education has supported Barry University-C.R.O.P. through funded grant awards. As a result, Barry University C.R.O.P. has been able to serve an estimated 2,000 (as of 2014) students through various psychosocial and academic supportive program services.

Program Services

Our C.R.O.P. Program offers various services to enhance and enrich participants academically, personally, socially, and culturally.

  • Individual, Group, and Family Counseling to address individual, family, and community barriers which affect personal and academic success.
  • Summer Residential Program engages middle and high school students in a one week college life experience.
  • Mentoring Program: middle and high school students are mentored by college students through exposure to college settings and dialogue about college, its barriers, and how to overcome them.
  • Civic Engagement Opportunities: middle and high school students contribute, improve, and make a difference in their communities through food drives, cleaning parks, restoring schools, and raising awareness regarding social justice and cultural issues.
  • Summer Wellness Program engages middle and high school students in physical and mental health educational activities while focusing on leadership, career, and educational skills.
  • Workshops: for middle and high school students and school staff on topics related to bullying, life skills, stress management, suicide prevention, dating/domestic violence, substance abuse prevention, college educational goals, and career opportunities etc.
  • College Tours and Field Trips provide students first-hand exposure to colleges, universities, and educational opportunities along with admission and financial aid workshops.

Performance Outcomes

  • Greater academic promotion rates for students in grades 6-11 (94 percent versus 87 percent for the non-C.R.O.P. cohort)
  • Higher average grade point averages (GPA) while in high school (2.56 versus 2.24)
  • Higher high school graduation rates with a standard diploma (86 percent versus 65 percent)
  • Higher passing rates on the 10th grade FCAT, fulfilling one of the requirements for a standard diploma
  • Greater levels of proficiency on all sections of the FCAT for 8th graders and 10th graders
  • Higher enrollment rates in Florida’s higher education system, when graduating with a standard diploma (69 percent versus 58 percent)
  • Higher passing rate for all grades combined on the Algebra I End-of-Course (EOC) Exam and for 9th graders (the grade with the most test takers)
  • Greater utilization of the Bright Futures Scholarship and need-based financial aid such as the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)
C.R.O.P. Annual Evaluation: 2010-2011 Cohort with 2011-2012 Postsecondary Outcomes


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Gabriela P. Mañón, MFT
College Reach-Out Program Director
Barry University-Adrian Dominican School of Education
11300 NE 2nd Avenue Andreas Building Room 232
Miami Shores, Florida 33161
Office: 305-899-3614

Jeanevra Pearson, MFT
College Reach-Out Program Coordinator
Barry University- Adrian Dominican School of Education
11300 NE 2nd Avenue Andreas Building Room 229
Miami Shores, Florida 33161
Office: 305-899-3742

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