Pomona has hosted College Bound programs for 10 years during which the number of families participating in College Bound classes and seminars on campus has grown from a handful to close to 250. To address the needs of the Southern California families of underserved students, College Bound offers numerous programs, including Saturday School at Pomona College, as well as Loyola Marymount University and Cal State Long Beach. During the academic year, students and their parents from all the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley participate in seminars held on the Pomona College campus to learn about the college application process, admissions requirements and financial aid. In addition, 4th- through 12th-grade students take classes in literature and composition, communication (written and oral), math and test-taking skills while their parents attend classes, taught by community leaders, on academic competitiveness, parental rights in public and private schools, financial planning and conflict resolution.
This year we added another component, a 3-week Summer math-based camp where students from various grades develop their reasoning and problem-solving skills as well as their overall understanding of key math concepts. Pomona College students served as tutors and in some cases, as teachers throughout the program.
The Draper Center for Community Partnerships supports College Bound through the provision of meeting space, speakers, workshops, and project-specific staff.
College Bound Homepage: http://www.collegeboundca.org