What do we do? We commit to our students that they will get their college degree and, in doing so, discover their best selves.
If we could tattoo something on our website, it would say: “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” This permanently-inked “why” shows up in class and at the office snack cabinet. We’re signed on for the long haul – we’ll check in, nag if needed and believe in our students fiercely, imperfections and all.
Interested in the nitty-gritty of our programming? Read on in “grant style”.
Get Your Prep On:
Get Your Prep On provides 9th graders and their families with early information and resources on how to plan, prepare, pay for & pursue a postsecondary education. It is a full-scale implementation in our three partner schools and in select youth-serving organizations.
To & Through
To & Through is a four-step system developed by College Bound that prepares the whole child for success in college and life. Throughout the seven to nine years that students are in CB, they gain academic competencies, social and emotional skills, college application abilities and community service habits. This strong and long approach creates learners with a mindset to grow, persist toward goals, contribute to the workforce and give back to the community.
The four steps of To & Through include:
1. COLLEGE READINESS builds a foundation for success for selective four-year institutions through the development of academic and social-emotional competencies. Our year-round programming strengthens students’ capacities in math, writing, critical thinking and test taking; students receive ACT preparation and take the ACT. Students receive academic skills curriculum, individual coaching, and grade monitoring. Through our slate of extracurricular activities such as leadership camps, Boy’s and Girl’s groups, community service, and cultural exposure, students build and sustain non-cognitive skills such as persistence, self-awareness, and communication.
2. COLLEGE ACCESS prepares students for the application and entry into selective, four-year colleges that closely match their interests, aptitude and financial resources. CB provides: a competency-based college knowledge curriculum; financial literacy coursework; pre-collegiate summer opportunities; college tours; one-on-one completion sessions for the FASFA; one-on-one college and financial aid counseling.
3. COLLEGE COMPLETION begins in 12th grade and continues until students earn their degree. College Completion Coaches provide one-on-one case management including: regular contact to provide encouragement and early intervention as needed; transportation to college and gap funding when needed; after-hours access to CB staff for emergencies; connections to academic advisors and on-campus visits; individualized counseling on debt, re-enrollment, summer school, course selection and transferring.
4. CAREER READINESS builds “soft skills” along with the awareness of, exposure to and aspirations for meaningful careers. Program components include: workforce readiness curriculum; job shadowing; job tours; panels with St. Louis professionals; career preparation programming; paid peer mentoring program and connections to paid internships in St. Louis.
College Bound’s relentless attention to evidence-based practices and measurable outcomes allows them to design and refine their program strategies for maximum impact. The organization’s capable and thoughtful leaders are not afraid of data, and in fact, they are champions and advocates for outcomes-based approaches across the field of college access and completion.Kristin Boyer
(Director of Public Benefit Grants, TG)