With great joy we celebrate 22 years of programming. Our theme – “Set Sail for a World of Wonder: Preparing Our Students for a World of Opportunity” epitomizes our desire for the students that we serve. A college education will lay the foundation for a better life, preparing our youth to be a global citizen and living beyond any imposed or self-made boundaries. A solid education is truly the passport for a brighter future.
Over the last several years, College Bound has grown to meet the changing needs of our students and to better serve them. With the launch of our Virtual Mentoring Program we are for the first time truly supporting and coaching students to degree attainment. As a first generation college student, I know first-hand the importance of having support to navigate the college experience and avoid the pitfalls that this newfound independence can easily provide. Technology and college visits are allowing us to stay connected with our alumni as they matriculate through college providing them with personal support and information about internships, scholarships, and employment.
I continue to be inspired by students like Shaan, who despite the fact that College Bound placed him with a white middle-aged republican man that he thought had nothing in common with him, a relationship that he deliberately tried to sabotage, trusted us and after a while, realized that his mentor, Dean, was not going anywhere and was there to support him.
Our 2nd Annual International Study Tour made a huge impact on the participants as they visited schools, museums, monuments, and cultural sites in Ghana. In the Netherlands they were also hosted by Mr. Randy W. Berry, Consul General, at the US Consulate. College Bound received support from the Jewish Youth Philanthropy Initiative for the tour. Our newly elected Site Ambassadors will travel to Ghana and the Netherlands in November and become the third group of College Bound students to participate in College Bound’s International Study Tour. The American Institute for Foreign Study, which supported our inaugural trip, will be supporting this initiative again this year as we try to increase global awareness for our students.
During the past year we launched the College Bound Infinity Program. At our Honors Breakfast over 100 people were present as we highlighted the power of our program and the transformational work that happens through mentoring. By joining our Multiple Year Giving Society, individuals are impacting our organization like never before. The dedication of our students and mentors is mirrored through these individuals that have pledged to support our work for the next several years. Through expanding this program, College Bound will truly be able to reach sustainability and increase the number of students that we serve annually.
Thank you for whatever part you have or will play in Preparing our Students for a World of Opportunity.