College Readiness Workshops

Working with groups of students through churches, community organizations and school systems, our workshops introduce students to the importance of early preparation for the college selection process. Students are engaged in the  discussion, through group activities and by working with their peers, to complete their college planning worksheet. Each student leaves the presentations with the beginnings of their college plan.


Individual Education Consulting

Individual educational consultation is offered to students we meet through the readiness workshops or by referral of a teacher, counselor or community stakeholder.  Once accepted, we aid these students by crafting plans that meet their specific educational and personal needs. Our goal is to help them identify those needs and assist them in making informed choices about their college education. When finished, their choices are affordable, practical and attainable, and will increase their chances of graduating successfully.



CREED Literacy Support Project

CREED distributes books to area elementary, middle school and high school students.  We strongly believe that developing a love for reading in a young person is a gateway to building curiousity about the pursuit of a higher education.  We are genorously supported in our efforts by the national non-profit, First Book, through whom we have purchased over 400 books for the cost of postage (.45-.65) per book.  



Undergraduate Mini-Grants, Internships & Retention Support

Working together with families, we support young people through the important first year of their college education. We answer their questions, help them navigate the maze of their colleges’ administration, and, when available, provide $50 - $100 mini grants for travel home and limited emergency funds. Previously approved funded requests include, but are not limited to, school supplies, bus tickets, and assistance with books.  A new pilot program, winter internships with CREED, will introduce undergraduate and graduate students to nonprofit management.  Minigrants and internships are dependent on the success of our annual fundraising campaigns.



CREED Data Collection and Analysis Project

Since our founding in 2010, CREED has used surveys to assess student needs and readiness for college.  We are in the process of compiling the data and will spend the next years analyzing the information that we have collected.  It is our hope to build a profile of our students and to use the data to further understand the needs of our students.  We will use this information in grant solicitation and in lobbying efforts with our local, county and state politicians. 



The end of the year fundraiser is here and we need your help.

Whether you have donated previously or are considering a first donation to CREED, we need your help more than ever.  Rembember that there is no donation too small.  We will credit all donations postmarked by midnight on December 31st, 2015, with tax deductible status for 2015.  We know you believe in our youth, demonstrate that support with a gift to CREED now.


We've Moved!

The CREED College Readiness Program has moved its' headquarters from Meadville PA to Erie, PA, to better serve northwest Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and Western New York.  You can still reach us online, or mail us at CREED College Readiness Program, 815 Hickory Hill Blvd., Erie, PA 16509;  814-853-3956.  Believing in our Youth!  T. Mitchell & R. Matthews, Co-Founders, CREED


CURRENT NEWSLETTER: Winter 2015.  In our most recent newsletter, we how the fall  campus activism drives our future work, reintroduce you to our board members, and discuss our successful pilot program, the CREED college student minigrant program.  Look for the newsletter in digital form on the appropriate page here on our website.  Believing in Our Youth.    


Higher Education Administrators, Faculty and Graduate Students.

CREED is accepting submissions for the Spring 2016 editions of its newsletter.  We will consider submissions that focus on the transition from high school to college, ideas for parents in their preparation to support theirs students goals and like ideas.  If you have an idea for an article, story or opportunity that you want to share with our students, families and stakeholders; please email  

Fall publication deadline ; October 1, Spring publication deadline; March 1 and Summer, June 1 annually.   

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