Promoting College Readiness
from PreSchool to PhD
The status of college access and completion for African American students is embarrassingly low, despite the natural brilliance and resiliency they possess. The status quo is not working. Our children deserve a culturally relevant approach centered on intentional messages, lessons, interventions, and supports that are critical to achieve effective results.
Our Mission: Black & College Bound strives to improve college access and opportunities for students of color. We provide the coaching and support that empowers them to successfully map their future, recognize the power of their “brand”, network to create opportunities, navigate the collegiate process & secure diversity scholarships.
Our Vision: Black & College Bound partners will experience enhanced educational outcomes that lead to more productive careers, improved economic opportunity, and greater social well-being for all. Our services especially make the difference for students and families of color who traditionally experience disproportionate achievement gaps, educational attainment gaps, and income gaps.
Our Approach: Black & College Bound empowers students and families of color to maximize their preparation and planning for future college and career aspirations. Urban students require culturally relevant approaches which equip them to chart their own educational goals, explore careers, shadow professionals of color, and access diversity initiatives and scholarships.
We work with individuals and organizations to create learning experiences which guide adolescents through college exploration and application process submissions required by colleges and universities. Our expertise comes from decades of working with urban youth in literacy and college access programs.
We recognize that the college admissions process is overwhelming for students (and parents as well). For many students with limited awareness of college bound cultures, it can be downright intimidating.
Our B&CB approach is designed to motivate urban students of color who may need more technical advisement and encouragement to reach beyond their comfort zones in efforts to stand out amongst their peers. We provideFUN, INTERACTIVE exchanges that fill in the gaps and expose students to why college is essential and what it takes to get there -- especially when resources are limited.
The time has come for Black & College Bound to stand in the gap by ensuring that our brilliant scholars and families gain equal access to higher educational trajectories toward success.
Black and College Bound was founded by Dr. Deana Ervin, IPhD. (Pictured here visiting Jackson State University in Mississippi with B&CB Senior - Amber, and College Readiness Collegiate Intern - Chevan)