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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To provide promising high school students from under-resourced backgrounds with the academic enrichment, workforce development, social supports and life skills needed to apply, matriculate and succeed in four year colleges and careers.

Programs: College bound's to and through is a comprehensive, seven-to-nine year program that has proven successful in helping promising low-income first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) students get into and graduate from college at over five times the rate of their peers. As of december 31, 2014, college bound served 298 high school students and 335 collegians. College bound's to and through college preparation programming for high school students builds a foundation for success at selective four-year institutions through the development of academic competencies and social skills. Beginning at the end of 9th grade, college bound provides students with weekly opportunities, week-long intensives, and summer institutes and workshops that strengthen capacities in math, writing, critical thinking and test taking. During junior year, students receive intensive act preparation and take the act. College bound students also regularly participate in extracurricular activities, such as community service and cultural opportunities, to develop non-cognitive skills that support academic achievement and degree completion in school. Additionally, college bound's college access programming prepares students for application and entry at selective colleges that closely match their interests, aptitude and financial resources. Programming includes a competency-based college knowledge curriculum, financial literacy coursework, pre-collegiate summer opportunities, college tours, residential application institutes, 1:1 completion sessions for the federal application for student aid (fafsa), and one-on-one college and financial aid counseling sessions.

at the college level, complete u is the primary to and through program. Complete u begins in the second semester of 12th grade and remains an active part of students' lives until they graduate from college. In the high school portion of complete u, students prepare for the emotional and psychological challenges of transition; they participate in a financial literacy program and learn the hidden rules of classroom etiquette and residential life from experienced college advisors. After students matriculate to college, they receive a broad safety net of human and financial resources. The goal of complete u is to ensure that college bound students who are admitted to college are able to successfully graduate from college and become strong contributors within their communities and the workforce.

in 2013, college bound developed and piloted bridgit2college, an online toolkit and innovation/advancement program designed to help students navigate the transition between high school and college. In its first full year (2014), bridgit2college reached 1,700 students from three different states, three college access non-profits and six high schools. Bridgit2college is currently being evaluated by nationally recognized researchers on the subject of the "summer melt" between high school and college. College bound is developing a 2. 0 version of the tool that is expected to reach up to 10,000 registered users in high schools, universities and college access organizations. For more information, visit www. Bridgit2college. Com.

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