College Bound, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with the mission to prepare public and public charter school students in the metropolitan D.C. area to enter college, earn a degree, and achieve their personal and professional goals. College Bound's vision is to make college a reality by adequately preparing students to matriculate and graduate from college, allowing them to positively contribute to society. Founded in 1991, College Bound's services include the Academic Mentoring Program, SAT preparation, tutoring, academic support, college tours, career fairs, and scholarships. The Academic Mentoring Program, which is the core of College Bound, serves students in grades 8-12 by placing them in a one-on-one mentorship with a college educated professional. Students and mentors meet once a week for two hours at one of College Bound's six academic mentoring sites that are located across the city. At site, they work on several college-focused curriculum components that reinforce reading, writing, and math skills. The six sites that are operating across D.C. are Sherwood Recreation Center, Cesar Chavez, Beacon House, Department of Education, Black Entertainment Television (BET), and American Institutes for Research (AIR). The mentoring sites at BET and American Institute of Research are both work place mentoring models, where employees in the organization mentor the students.
In the fall of 2012 College Bound launched the Virtual Mentoring Program, which serves as a continued support and tracking system for College Bound graduates who have matriculated into college. The Virtual Mentoring Program is an extension of the academic mentoring program where College Bound alumni who are currently enrolled in college continue on with their mentor or a placed with a new mentor. The virtual mentoring program is done from a distance where mentors and students are speaking through means of technology (telephone, internet, e-mail, Facebook, video chatting) at least twice a month. At the end of every month the virtual mentor fills out a communication log which is passed on to College Bound in order to ensure that students are getting all the guidance and support they need. The primary goal of the Virtual Mentoring Program is to help students connect to campus resources to improve their chances of academic success. Another goal is to support students with their needs and questions, whether academic or personal. College Bound currently reaches over 500 students through the array of our programs and services. College Bound's growth and longevity over the past 24 years attest both to the need for college access programs in the District of Columbia and to the dedication of our staff and many volunteers over this period. College Bound is proud of our expansion and are always thinking of more ways to serve our students and expand our services.
I entered College Bound as 14 year old going into my eighth grade year. I had a lot of confidence invested into who I thought I was, but had not yet begun to tap into my true potential. College Bound put me in a position where I could humble my loud voice and use it to better myself and others. After graduating from the College Bound program I entered a renowned university and continued to use the knowledge of self and wisdom that I've inherited by way of the College Bound Program. I've made bonds that will last forever and I watched my family's dream of me obtaining a college education come true. I graduated from Drexel University in June of 2011. Thanks College Bound! -Michael