College Bound targets underserved 8th-12th grade public school students who have the drive and desire to attend college. Students meet weekly, one-on-one, with mentors who assist them in math, SAT prep, and college admissions, with the goal of improving the District's historically low test scores and college-attendance rate. Mentors explore scholarship opportunities and help students navigate the application process. College Bound sponsors career and college fairs and takes students on college tours. It also offers over $125,000 annually in scholarships and a Virtual Mentoring Program (VMP) to help students navigate college life. For the last four years, it has graduated 100% of its seniors from high school and maintained a 100% college acceptance rate. Over the last two years, its VMP helped 88% of first year students return to college for their second year (second and third year return rates are a phenomenal 100%). With six community-based locations throughout the city, and international study tours offering educational enrichment, College Bound is making college completion a reality for DCís young people. And 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 (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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