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 $125,000 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 DCís young people. What a difference that makes.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; Edgewood; Sherwood; Northwest One; Capitol Hill; Brentwood; Georgetown

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students

Schools They Work In: Cesar Chavez; Community College of the District of Columbia

Awards & Recognition

2009 Best of Washington Award in the Individual & Family Services category by the US Commerce Association, Oct 2009

Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC - Community Service Award, 2008

Press

  • Mentoring Focuses on Building Relationships in Addition to Grades
    Tue Jan 31 2012, PBS news Hour  
    American Graduate sat down with a mentor and mentee from College Bound to talk about how their relationship has grown over the years.

Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for College Bound is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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