College Bound targets underserved 8thĖ12th grade public school students who have the capacity yet lack the necessary supports 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 annually offers over $250,000 in scholarships. For the last decade, 100% of seniors have graduated high school and been accepted into college. Its Virtual Mentoring Program further helps students navigate college life once they're there. With CB's support, 94% of students return to college for their second year, far beyond the national average for this key indicator of success. With seven locations throughout the city and 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


  • 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 (FY2023)

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

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