“The College Bound program addresses a critical need in our community. The Pacific Life Foundation’s investment will help expand the program, providing equitable access to resources for students as they complete high school and move on to college,” said Tennyson Oyler, President, Pacific Life Foundation.
Primarily targeting at-risk Orange County youth who face high dropout rates and lack equitable access to resources, opportunities and mentors, College Bound also includes workshops and support for parents, since many of its graduates are the first in their families to pursue education beyond high school. By preparing students and families for the transition of life after graduation, College Bound removes major barriers facing Orange County students who might otherwise see college as unattainable or prohibitively expensive.
- 5-year Partnership Goal: to scale the College Bound program enrollment from 2,500 to 4,450 students annually
- $1.5M Investment Breakown: $1M toward growing and sustaining the program & $500K to support the College Bound Scholarship Fund
- School District Partnership Impact: Newport Mesa Unified School District, Orange Unified School District, and Santa Ana Unified School District
- Proof of Success: 100% of kids that have gone through the senior program graduate on time and move on to college or other post-secondary education; College Bound Alumni have gone on to attend Stanford University, John Hopkins University, University of California Berkeley, and UCLA