Connect to College Mentoring Program

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

Designed to Inspire Success

Our vision is that we live in a community where every child, regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic status has access to a meaningful college education. To bring that vision into reality, the Connect to College Mentoring Program provides low income students in 4th – 12th grades who reside in the Pomona Valley with mentors who help them envision themselves in college, tutors to help them stay on track, college access through our high school scholars program, and real world learning experiences through our agriculture initiative. 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.

Connect to College has a 100% success rate getting our participants into college, through the provision of 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.

College Preparation

We provide an extensive college preparatory program for students at every grade level. Once students reach 8th grade, they submit an application to continue in our High School Scholars Program.  Throughout high school, they will receive individualized college counseling and preparation services, in addition to the guidance provided to them by their volunteer mentors and tutors.

Educational Enrichment and Real World Education

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.

Students also gain real world skills through participating in CAUSA (Community Alliance for Urban Sustainable Agriculture) and Teen Green. CAUSA is Uncommon Good’s urban farming small business in which students have assisted with marketing, sales, public relations and business networking.  Teen Green is Uncommon Good’s youth environmental leadership and community service club in which students create and carry out projects to protect the environment.

Social Services

We provide supportive social services and parent education programs to the families of the children we serve to help them help their children succeed.


Meet the Class of 2017

Thanks to our Connect To College Program Donors:

  • Draper Community Investment Fund
  • Rose Hills Foundation
  • Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  • Inland Empire United Way
  • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
  • Dean Witter
  • General Motors
  • US Bank
  • Union Bank
  • Southern California Edison