Vincent is like my little brother. I know I’ve influenced him academically as he keeps up his grades and is reading daily. He has a plan for high school and is excited about college. The one-to-one match has been very beneficial to Vincent as a mentee and me as a mentor.
-Charlie S., mentor
The Connect to College Mentoring Program is designed to inspire at-risk, low income children to stay in school, go to college and break the cycle of poverty. The children in our program are between the ages 9 and 14, who live in the Pomona Valley of Southern California. Our goal is to increase academic achievement and college access for our students by providing them with adult role models, supportive services, and educational opportunities. We help students in our mentoring program reach their full potential through the following services:
Research shows that the single most powerful intervention in the life of an at-risk child is mentoring. In addition to being a supportive role model, mentors help their students envision what their opportunities can be if they succeed in school. Mentoring is an easy and fun way to make a difference in a child’s life Become a volunteer mentor.
Since we are a program for college bound children, we ask all of our students to maintain high academic standards. If a student needs additional academic support and guidance, we provide him or her with a volunteer tutor who can help with homework and academic skill building. Become a volunteer tutor.
We provide an extensive college preparatory program for students at every grade level. We have college clubs for elementary students. For our secondary school students and their families, we have meetings on financial aid, college planning, writing workshops, college tours, SAT prep classes, and college application assistance.Get our college resources.
Through our Youth Enrichment for Success (YES) program, our students have access to enriching educational experiences. Opportunities include summer scholarships to programs at prestigious private schools and colleges, camp programs, health and safety programs, arts programs, and educational field trips.
We provide supportive social services and parent education programs to the families of the children we serve to help them help their children succeed.