The College Bound Project is a not for profit organization founded for the purpose of helping deserving, young people prepare for and earn admission to college. The mission of The College Bound Project is to provide limited-income, first generation and underrepresented students with the academic enrichment, social supports and life skills necessary to enroll, excel and graduate from a four-year college. Our goal is to ensure that every student, regardless of background, is afforded the opportunity to make informed decisions about their college and career goals.
The College Bound Project is less than three years old. Thus far our successes have been defined by the number of students who returned to school the next year. Since its inception, we have assisted 78 high school seniors in pursing post-secondary education. Of that number 67 students are enrolled in college. The first students we served (2011) are presently enrolled in their third year of college. Of the first 26 students from the Class of 2011, 6 did not return for a second year. Of the 19 students from the Class of 2012, 5 did not return for a second year. Of the 22 students from the Class of 2013, 21 completed two semesters at their respective schools. The student demographics reflected in the numbers above received intensive one-on-one advising and support and make up the retention numbers for the organization. The students we serve through various workshops, after-school and summer enrichment programs are not reflected in these numbers.
We are in the development stages of The College Bound Project. The organization has relied on the Best Practices of other established access programs in the development and implementation of our own program.