College Bound is a pre-collegiate enrichment and support program offered to a diverse group of 50-60 students in 7th through 12th grade from three Boston Public Middle and High Schools: Dr. Henderson Inclusion School, Neighborhood House Charter School, Gardner Pilot Academy.
The mission of the College Bound Program is to empower students to become positive change agents in their schools and communities. Through a Social Justice and S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) lens, students learn about a variety of important issues impacting their communities.
College Bound students come to Boston College's campus every other Saturday (transportation and lunch is provided). Students spend a whole day on the college campus engaging with social justice infused S.T.E.A.M projects (eg. hydroponics, aquaponics, 3-D printing, laster cutting, smart greenhouse, drones, etc.), Social Justice classes (eg. Voting Rights and Suppression, LGBTQ+ and Intersectionality, Environmental Justice and Sustainability, etc.), and College & Career preparation.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M) classes focus on learning about science through a social justice lens. Topics include the following: Hydropnics, Aquaponics, 3D Printing, Laster Cutting, Drones, and Smart Greenhouse.
College and Career classes provide opportunities for students to explore their own identity, different career and college interests, and various other post-secondary options.
Social Justice is an integral part of teaching and learning at College Bound. This year, the topics include the following:
Exploring what rights voters have in the U.S., as well as the historical roots and systematic suppression of those rights.
In depth analysis of LGBTQ+ identities and their relevance and importance to students' development of intersectional identities (eg. race, class, gender).
Broad overview and analysis of pressing environmental issues relevant to communities in the Greater Boston Area, as well as the local communities College Bound students grew up or currently live in.
Two roundtables are held each year, in which 20-30 diverse professionals in college admissions or S.T.E.A.M. careers, many of whom were first generation college students themselves, speak with College Bound students, answer questions, and offer advice.
College Bound students are invited to attend and participate in a select number of undergraduate and graduate level classes for the evening to experience college academic life.
During Boston Public High School's spring break week, optional college tours are arranged for College Bound students at local universities.
Our alumni network is still growing, with 31 years of graduates that we are working hard to reconnect with. The alumni network offers opportunities for alums to stay connected, feel supported, and give back.
College Bound is supported in part through the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, The Peter J. Sharp Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.
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