College Bound

Who we are

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 S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) lens, students learn about a variety of important issues impacting their communities.

S.T.E.A.M. Classes

Traditionally, 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 in social justice infused S.T.E.A.M projects (eg. hydroponics, aquaponics, 3-D printing, laster cutting, smart greenhouse, drones, etc.). 

Virtual Programming

Ever since March 2020, due to the impacts of COVID-19, College Bound has shifted its programming to a virtual format. In leveraging virtual conferencing technology, as well as various other easy-to-use and accessible educational tools, students were able to complete the Spring semester virtually, all of which culminated in an end of semester virtual showcase.

The success of the Spring semester allowed College Bound to host a virtual summer institute over a 2 week period in the summer of 2020. Students worked with instructors and College Bound staff to design their own learning goals and create their own projects. Project topics include Microbits, 3-D printing, TinkerCAD, and Artifical Intelligence. In addition, students were provided opportunities to explore and reflect on their purpose and future careers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. More importantly, students were given the space to learn about activism in a virtual world and to craft their own counter-narratives in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. By the end of the 2 week summer institute, students presented their work in a virtual Gallery Walk. 

Funding

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.

Contact Us

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact us at urbanoutreach@bc.edu or (617) 552-0695.