What We Do


Every child should have the same access to education, yet in Rhode Island that is not the case, especially for children of color. Young people in Rhode Island are more likely to be identified as people of color than any other age group according to the 2020 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook. In fact, based on US Census Bureau estimates in 2018, two-thirds of children of color live in Rhode Island’s four core cities of Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket and 45% of them are under age five.

The Papitto Opportunity Connection supports unique educational programming designed to provide children of color with equal access to such things as music education, financial literacy, STEM programs and the ability to access healthcare services right in school.  Studies demonstrate that children of color have better educational outcomes when they see people that look like them standing at the front of the classroom, and POC is committed to helping increase the number of BIPOC educators and administrators in the Ocean State.

The Papitto Opportunity Connection provides direct grants to organizations that can demonstrate how their programming can positively impact the educational journey for children of color in Rhode Island. Additionally, students of color who are graduates of a Rhode Island high school and wish to attend law school are invited to apply for the annual Papitto Opportunity Connection Law School Scholarship through the Rhode Island Bar Association.

Winner’s Circle XR Academy

The Winner’s Circle XR Academy is changing the educational experience and improving outcomes for young students through XR technology and computer simulations.

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FLY arms students with the tools they need to learn how to become financially responsible. The FLY Initiative has served more than 700 students in Rhode Island.

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Teach For America

For more than a decade, TFA Rhode Island has been a source of transformative leaders in the Ocean State who serve as advocates for fundamental change in education.

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