Mission: Mission: increasing college access and success for underrepresented students. Activities: academic programs for k-12 students to ensure they graduate from high school ready for college-level coursework and college knowledge workshops for underrepersnted students and families.
Programs: The south los angeles math (slam) project provides free dual-enrollment college math classes to underrepresented (minority, low-income, first-generation) students in order to increase their college readiness and support services to alumni who have participated in the program since 2013. In the 2016-2017 school year, 344 students in total were served by slam. Out of the 179 students who took the dual enrollment course, 87% of them demonstrated college math readiness and 94% matriculated into college. Out of the 165 alumni supported through the program, 60% of them are still persisting toward college graduation. In aggregate, 78% of all our students are currently pursuing their college degrees. During the 2016-2017 school year, a total of 254 students and their families were served by our college knowledge workshops. Specifically, they were provided with hands-on classes on how to plan for college as well as complete all college and financial aid applications. All 179 slam families were served at their six high schools and 76 additional students and their families were provided with these free services through future focus, a partnership with the ymca of metropolitan los angeles. These college knowledge workshops were critical in having a 94% college matriculation rate for slam students and 100% for pupils in future focus.
College Bridge helped my daughter through the South Los Angeles Math (SLAM) Program. She earned college math credit from Cal State LA while a senior at Santee Education Complex. They brought a CSULA professor to the high school campus and my daughter was taught in this class. She's never been a fan of math, but she loved learning statistics and being part of this program. They also helped me and my wife fill out the FAFSA so my daughter could get a Pell Grant to help pay for college. She's now a sophomore at CSUN and is very thankful for all of the support and opportunities College Bridge offer to us. Dr. Pedro and Dr. Lynn Cevallos inspired us so much that we now volunteer for them.