College Bound is proud of its success in sending students to college. The District of Columbia has an unacceptable graduation rate. According to The Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the DC graduation rate was 58.6% in 2011. This is compared to a national graduation rate of about 75%. College Bound is proud that all seniors who remain with our program graduate from high school and that 95% or greater matriculate into college. But it is no longer enough just to enroll in college. Students need to graduate. College Bound wants to continue to support its students to help them reach the goal of graduating college to their full potential. The Virtual Mentoring Program is an important component of this effort.
What is “Virtual Mentoring”?
Virtual volunteering means mentors working with students from a distance, primarily communicating via telephone, Internet, e-mail, Facebook, etc. Virtual mentoring shares the goal of face-to-face mentoring: establishing a trusting, nurturing, positive relationship between the mentor and student (mentee).
The Virtual Mentoring Program (VMP) is an extension of our Academic Mentoring Program. College Bound students who matriculate into a college or university are offered continued support through the Virtual Mentoring Program. College Bound alumni are assigned a “virtual mentor” who will serve as a resource for students while in college. This is critical during student’s freshman year as it helps support a fluid transition. In many cases, the “virtual” mentor will be the partner who has been a part of the student’s life for much of high school. In some cases, new mentors will be assigned.
How does this differ from the College Bound Academic Mentoring Program?
Academic Mentoring Program
Virtual Mentoring Program
|Mentors are matched one-on-one with students||Mentors could possibly be matched with more than one student although College Bound will make every effort to provide every student with a mentor.|
|Mentors meet with students once a week at designated sites in DC.||There are no boundaries as mentors communicate remotely, at least twice a month, with their assigned mentees.|
|Student participants are currently in High School||Student participants are College Bound alumni who are entering their first year or are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.|
|Mentors work with students to provide on-going academic support to improve College Bound options.||Mentors’ primary role is to help students connect to campus resources to improve chances of academic success. As well as supporting students with their needs and questions, whether academic or personal.|