Crossroads Foundation was founded in 1988 to help youth from families in underserved neighborhoods in Allegheny County have access to a quality high school education. Originally a private, family funded program, Crossroads Foundation formed a Board of Directors in 1998 and acquired official 501(c)(3) status in 2003. Since its inception, Crossroads has helped over 500 young people successfully graduate from a Catholic high school prepared for college and career opportunities.
At Crossroads, our stories and achievements are the bedrock of our organizational identity, and the foundation from which we spring forward. Below, you can explore the key events and milestones that mark our evolution into the organization we are today.
Crossroads is founded by Pittsburgh businessman Edward Ryan, of Ryan Homes, in order to send a handful of promising students with limited options to rigorous Catholic High Schools in Pittsburgh.
Crossroads and St. Vincent College collaborate to hold the inaugural St. Vincent Week program, kicking off a decades-long partnership for the benefit of Crossroads Scholars.
Crossroads' total enrollment exceeds 50 scholars.
Crossroads hires its first counselor in order to respond to scholars' individual needs and challenges.
First graduating class of Crossroads scholars--11 scholars total.
Crossroads establishes a board of directors.
Total enrollment exceeds 100 scholars.
Crossroads obtains 501(c)(3) status.
Crossroads dedicates the first "Crossroads Center," in an old rectory on Webster Avenue in the Hill District.
Crossroads launches its first endowment campaign, raising over $5 million for expansion of enrollment and programs.
Crossroads partners with KEYS AmeriCorps to hire full-time in-school tutors for scholars seeking academic assistance.
Crossroads triples its number of feeder elementary schools.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) joins Central, Oakland, Seton-La Salle, Serra, and Bishop Canevin as a Crossroads host high school.
Crossroads commemorates the 25th anniversary of its founding.
Crossroads establishes LEAD Program (Lead, Empower, Advocate, Discover) for outstanding upperclassmen scholars.
Crossroads launches "Aspire" campaign to increase endowment to $10 million in order to expand and enhance Crossroads' programming and scholar services.
Dedication of Crossroads' new, student-centered space, the Calland Center, in North Point Breeze.
Crossroads graduates its 500th scholar, and establishes the "500th Fund" to support first-year Crossroads alumni.