Do you know the saying "It takes a village"? Well, here it takes a Cru!

College Career Cru provides programs for youth ages 16-24 in Prince George's County, MD that encourages an entrepreneurial mindset for college and career success. Our goal is to fill the equity gap in our community with resources, and opportunities to ensure that the youth of PG County are

financially educated, and empowered as it relates to their college and career journey.

College Career Cru's primary purpose is to provide students with a foundational understanding of a broad range of disciplines while creating an educational atmosphere that students will love being around. Our student cohorts are intended to empower students to tackle challenges and take on experiences that may be new to them. We encourage our students to pursue their goals as it relates to exploring

successful, and inspiring careers.

Funding College

Providing students assistance in creating, finding, and obtaining resources to pay for college to help minimize, or eliminate the need for student loans. 

Career Kickstart

Providing educational opportunities and experiences to help enlighten students on different internships and career opportunities. 

Small Business &

Providing resources to students to help them navigate their business endevors

Money Mindset

All programs are intended to provide students with reliable resources and useful information about personal finance as it relates to college, career, and business endeavors. Helping youth understand and take control of their finances at a young age is imperative in changing the equity gap within the minority community. 

Join the 2022-2023 Cohort

The 2022-2023 College Cru Cohort is currently accepting applications for current high school seniors and college students. 

The College Cru will provide resources and support as it relates to students finding financial funding from external scholarship sources. The College Cru will help you navigate the process by providing free support and resources through virtual & in-person sessions, essay workshops, interview assistance, and step-by-step guidance to help you navigate your scholarship search journey. 

Cohort members will meet virtually twice a month. Each month, students will be given assignments, tasks, and deadlines as it relates to preparing their scholarship packages. 

Parents of students will have the opportunity to meet with a professional college financial aid advisor to answer any questions regarding the FAFSA application. Parents are encouraged to be involved in their student's journey. Parents will receive monthly communication providing details of student assigned task and deadlines. 

We are accepting 10 students this academic year. Application Deadline Thursday, November 3, 2022

Benifits of joining the College Cru

Find & apply for scholarship opportunities. 

Develop creativity 

Learn to network & develop business relationships

Learn to advocate for yourself

Build critical thinking skills

Get support from us & your peers


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Dana Taylor Smith, SHRM CP, MBA 

Director- College Career Cru

Dana Smith is the Director of College Career Cru. In this role, she leads the College Career Cru initiative as it relates to preparing and executing educational opportunities for students. Mrs. Smith also works at The Boeing Company where she serves as a Business Support Specialist for Human Resources, Information Technology & Data Analytics, and Business Transformation. Mrs. Smith previously worked for the District of Columbia Army National Guard, and the National Crime Prevention Council where she worked as a  Program Training Manager. 


Dane Smith 

Founder & Executive Director of Next Generation Youth Programs

Dane Smith is the founder of NGYP. He also serves as the Scholarship Coordinator at Bowie State University. Mr. Smith has over 16 years of financial aid experience as he has worked for top schools in the DC Metro area including American University, Howard University, University of Maryland University College and Wesley Theological College where he served as Director of Financial Aid.  

Apply here to join the Cru!