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 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.

S.T.E.A.M., Social Justice, and College & Career Classes

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. 

STEAM Classes

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 & Career Classes

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 Classes

Social Justice is an integral part of teaching and learning at College Bound. This year, the topics include the following:

Voting Rights and Suppression

Exploring what rights voters have in the U.S., as well as the historical roots and systematic suppression of those rights.

LGBTQ+ and Intersectionality

In depth analysis of LGBTQ+ identities and their relevance and importance to students' development of intersectional identities (eg. race, class, gender). 

Environmental Justice and Sustainability 

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. 

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.