PrepareRI is an initiative of the Rhode Island state government, in partnership with businesses, schools, universities, and non-profits across the state. 

Lead agencies

PrepareRI's ambitious goals cannot be accomplished by any single agency or organization.
With that in mind, PrepareRI is run by an inter-agency state government task force.
This task force partners with Rhode Island’s employers and communities so that we can
leverage our collective strength to achieve our collective goals.

PrepareRI is a joint initiative of the following state government agencies:


Rhode Island began developing its PrepareRI action plan in April 2016, after it was awarded a Phase 1 New Skills for Youth Grant. New Skills for Youth (NSFY) is a $75 million initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase, in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Advance CTE. The program’s goal is to strengthen career-focused education, starting in high school and ending with postsecondary degrees or credentials aligned with high-skill jobs. 

Rhode Island’s PrepareRI action plan was well-received by NSFY evaluators. In January 2017, Governor Gina Raimondo and RIDE announced that Rhode Island had won a $2 million Phase 2 NSFY grant, making it one of only ten states nationally to earn the competitive grant. Rhode Island will use that money—along with other state and federal funding streams—to implement the PrepareRI plan. While the NSFY grant will officially end in 2020, PrepareRI is designed to be a permanent restructuring of the state’s career pathways for young people.

Prepare ri Ambassadors

The PrepareRI Ambassadors are a select group of education leaders who help guide PrepareRI’s implementation. The Ambassadors come from different parts of Rhode Island’s education landscape, and use their unique perspective and skills to advise RIDE about PrepareRI. Ambassadors also create resources to help their colleagues with PrepareRI, and serve as spokespeople for the initiative.

Learn more about the PrepareRI Ambassadors.