Following the success of The Foundling’s Road to Success tutoring program for youth in foster care with The Foundling, we chose to extend the comprehensive, one-on-one tutoring model to make it accessible to 11th and 12th grade students throughout New York City’s foster care system. College Bound serves as a pipeline program for The Dormitory Project and increases high school graduation for youth in foster care.
Like Road to Success, the College Bound program connects participants with long-term one-on-one tutors who assist them in completing their requirements to graduate high school, applying for colleges, and preparing for college-level coursework. Tutoring takes place for 1-2 hours each week in the student’s home or nearby in the community and is provided to young people in foster care with other social service agencies in New York City. Tutors work with students across a wide range of academic areas, including Regents and SAT/ACT prep, and are rigorously vetted and trained to deliver outstanding instruction while creating a patient, engaging, and supportive environment for students. While the bulk of tutoring time is spent on academic content, tutors also serve as mentors to their students, modeling positive academic behaviors, assisting in the development of organizational and self-advocacy skills, and fostering persistence and resilience.