Monday, April 25, 2016 - Updated: 7:51 AM
The Crossroads Foundation, which helps disadvantaged teens achieve success at Catholic high schools, has launched a $5 million campaign and dedicated its new headquarters in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood April 12.
The new Calland Center, which will provide a centralized, student-focused space to expand Crossroads programming, is named for longtime supporters Dean and Mary Frailey Calland.
Founded in 1988, Crossroads offers students a chance to attend Catholic high schools and provides critical afterschool and summer support programs. The foundation is set to graduate its 500th student in June and have its first student earn a full academic scholarship to an Ivy League school (University of Pennsylvania).
Dean is a founding shareholder of Babst Calland, a national environmental and energy law firm, and has provided more than 15 years of leadership to Crossroads Foundation. He is president of the foundation’s board, and he and his wife Mary are co-chairs of the Aspire campaign.
He said the campaign will enable Crossroads to improve and help more students break the cycle of poverty.
“We have already raised $3 million of our ambitious $5 million goal, and although there is clearly more work to be done, today’s ribbon-cutting provides us with an important opportunity to share our progress and plans for the future with the community,” Dean said April 12.
Crossroads scholars have a 100 percent high school graduation rate, a 96 percent college enrollment rate and a 63 percent college graduation rate within six years (vs. a 25 percent rate for comparable cohorts).
In addition to already achieving the objective of a new headquarters, Aspire will further enable Crossroads to expand and enhance the foundation’s programming, with five objectives:
• Fund educational opportunities for more students;
• Strengthen students’ readiness for high school success;
• Address the social and emotional needs of Crossroads scholars;
• Support scholars in their transition from high school to college; and
• Provide a safe, nurturing space to better serve Crossroads scholars.
For more information about the Aspire campaign, visit www.crossroadsfoundation.org.