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Program Mission

College Bound offers College Connections, which provides college preparation programming and support in college for students aged 17 to 27. We currently serve more than 500 students through the following four focus areas to ensure they are placed firmly on the path to college graduation.

Foundations: High School Equivalency (HSE)
Foundations: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Bridge to College
College Support

Are there any specific requirements needed to enroll in the program?

At College Bound, we serve the students that other programs leave behind; those deemed too difficult and costly to engage. Our students, who typically fall in the 17 to 27 age group, live below the poverty line and are behind in their academic development. Many have served time in correctional facilities, are active gang members and have dropped out of multiple high schools. They are diverse and represent a wide range of backgrounds.

At College Bound, we serve the students that other programs leave behind; those deemed too difficult and costly to engage. Our students, who typically fall in the 17 to 27 age group, live below the poverty line and are behind in their academic development. Many have served time in correctional facilities, are active gang members and have dropped out of multiple high schools. They are diverse and represent a wide range of backgrounds.

What sets your program apart from other Boston programs?

College Bound Dorchester employs an intervention model designed to identify, engage and serve the most influential and disconnected young people in the community, whom we call “Core Influencers”. Many of these young people are gang-involved and drive the violence in the streets.

Once the Core Influencers are on the path to success, they can serve as a constructive force within the community to drive positive change. In this way, we use a super-user strategy to break the dysfunctional cycles and create a college-bound culture in the neighborhoods we serve.

Program Hours

8:30 am to 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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Contact Information

BYSN Board of Representative: Kedan Harris

Kedan Harris is director of College Connections at College Bound Dorchester, an education non-profit. He has been involved in education since 2003, first in the classroom and now as program director.

The mission of College Bound is to provide students with the attitude, skills, and experience to graduate from college. College Bound does this work by supplying the academic and social-emotional supports needed by the disengaged young people the organization targets.

Kedan joined the organization at a time when it was known as Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses. The name-change to College Bound Dorchester was made in 2009 to signal the organization’s evolution to one with a singular focus on education.

In his role, Kedan supports a group of program leaders who work with instructors and college readiness advisors to remove barriers to students’ achievement. For some students, this means obtaining the high school equivalency diploma as a first step to college readiness. Students also struggle with issues such as gang involvement and trauma.

Beyond College Bound Dorchester, Kedan is a board of representatives member with Boston Youth Service Network (BYSN). He represents College Bound as a member of the Teen Futures Network, sponsored by the Hyams Foundation. He is also co-chair of the steering committee for English Works, a coalition which seeks to increase access to workplace ESOL services.

Originally from Jamaica, Kedan worked as a journalist on the Caribbean island, writing news and feature stories for the national news agency as its senior reporter. Coverage included meetings of the Parliament, regional and international conferences, and even the odd occasion when a crocodile chased a farmer up a tree and stood guard for hours.

About College Bound Dorchester

Mission

To equip students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college.