Mission: College Bound Opportunities mentors economically disadvantaged students to unleash their potential, graduate college, pursue meaningful professions, and inspire others to follow in their footsteps
Results: In 2012, CBO celebrated its second college graduation class and now counts 13 graduates amongst its alumni. CBO also accepted its largest incoming class with 30 high school students joining the program, and now have 105 Scholars in the program.
CBO Scholars are represented at 37 colleges/universities across the nation including Stanford, Columbia University, Wellesley, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, and University of Wisconsin.
Target demographics: Low to moderate income high school students
Geographic areas served: District 113 (Highland Park High School and Deerfield High School) and District 115 (Lake Forest High School) in Lake County, IL
Programs: CBO utilizes a comprehensive set of programs that includes one-to-one mentorships, ACT prep classes, resume and interviewing workshops, laptop computers, and scholarships.
I became involved with CBO 6 1/2 years ago when I participated with the interviews to choose one student for the organization to sponsor. We couldn't decide and took all four. I immediately volunteered to mentor one of these students and also became a board member. I developed an incredible relationship with this student and her family and was delighted to share her graduation from high school and help her and her family with their transition to college and the challenges that accompanied that. I was even more thrilled to watch her graduate from University of Illinois-Champaign and follow her dream to attend Law School. CBO has to date provided opportunities to over 125 students and the one-to-one mentoring is the backbone of the organization. CBO's under resourced students are provided with opportunities that range from ACT tutoring to interviewing skills and an internship fair. I continue to be amazed at the great impact that CBO is having on these students, their families and the communities which they serve. As a volunteer, I believe that we are simply the wind beneath our student's wings and it is incredible to know the pride that is felt watching our students succeed.