College Bound targets underserved 8th-12th grade public school students who have the drive and desire to attend college. Students meet weekly with mentors to work on math, SAT prep, and the college admissions process. CB also sponsors career and college fairs, takes students on college tours, and offers over $175,000 annually in scholarships. Its Virtual Mentoring Program (VMP) helps students navigate college life once they're there. For the last eight years, 100% of seniors have graduated high school and been accepted into college. Over the last two years, VMP helped 88% of them return to college for their second year (a key indicator of success). With seven locations throughout the city, and 150 additional enrichment opportunities for students during the academic year, College Bound is making college completion a reality for DC’s young people. What a difference that makes.
When the city closed down, College Bound moved quickly to create a virtual outline that would mirror their in-person academic support services. As a result, they graduated 56 seniors during their virtual End of the Year celebration and awarded $180,000 in scholarships. Programs continue online – until the world reopens.