Surf, Sea and Celebration
Youth Catch a Wave of Support on College Bound Day 2
College Bound attendees were greeted by red carpets and gentle sea breezes for the final sendoff of the 2022 cohort. For newly paired youth and coaches, the event reinforced connections made at College Bound day 1; for Alumni, it was a chance to be recognized for achievements in higher education and reunited with former classmates. For Just in Time investors, it was an opportunity to observe the real-life impact of their generosity.
“Even when I have trouble asking for help, even with small things, people are watching out for me and ready to help whenever they can… Connecting with new people, with the gorgeous waves in the back of our speakers was an event I will never forget.”
July 6: Rise to Resilience Workshop
Financial Fitness 103 Workshop
July 7: Career Horizon Workshop
Bridges to Success Workshop
July 11: Financial Fitness 102 workshop
College Bound Achievements
Each year College Bound participants submit an essay with their application. Through these essays we gain greater insight into the unique identity of each youth – where they come from, what they value, and what they aspire to achieve in college and beyond. Ranked by special committee, the author of the winning essay receives a $1,000 scholarship for their efforts. This year’s 1st place essay belonged to Nicole Garcia-Delgado (right) pictured with her College Bound coach Carrie Davis (left).
Current and Former College Bound participants took to the podium to share stories of challenge and triumph related to their own college experiences.
Established in 2007, College Bound has provided encouragement and support to more than 700 youth on their path to higher education. For the 2022 event, College Bound Alumni gathered to reconnect with and support their peers from the Just in Time community.
“The CB experience has changed my life and allowed me to feel truly supported by my coaches, mentors, and peers. On day 2, I was the recipient of a JIT scholarship. When I heard my name I was shocked. On behalf of JIT youth, I can say that many of us felt like we belonged, and hopeful for the bright future ahead.”
Relationships + Resources = Success
Leaving Belmont Park, youth received printers, laptops and College Bound swag. At Walmart, coaches helped youth pick out additional school supplies and dorm room furnishings.
“It’s been a year full of change, growing pains, and self-discovery. It’s the effort, dedication, openness and hard work all mixed together which creates the success we have.”
“I’m so excited to watch participants like me and you find resources and support through JIT because I started in your seat. Despite feeling like college wasn’t for me, I went anyway And I’m so glad I chose to.”
“My College Bound experience was more than I could’ve asked for! I’, so grateful to have met my coaches and to feel believed in! I’m READY TO OVERCOME any obstacle to get my degree”
Azucena Wells, right, pictured with her College Bound coach Suzy Freund, left.
“College Bound was a wonderful experience! Connecting with new people, with the gorgeous waves in the back of our speakers, was an event I’ll never forget! The experience to have the celebration of being a Master Your Dream recipient started to make my grad school experience more real for me. I realize now that I am going into the next step in my life, I am having the support I need and want. Even when I have trouble asking for help, even with small things, people are watching out for me and ready to help whenever they can.”
This was one of many messages shared by College Bound participants on the JIT Network in the afterglow of College Bound’s second day. New students, new college graduates, volunteer coaches and JT alumni gathered on a bright Saturday morning for inspiration and celebration of our community of possibilities and promises fulfilled.
Students starting their post-secondary journey could envision their future success in the powerful presence of 2007 JIT College Bound participants who attended as living proof of promises and possibilities since turned into academic degrees and careers aligned with purpose.
If you weren’t there, you can still get a feel for the day by joining the JIT Network and connecting to all the life changing choices made possible by a real, reliable and responsive community of support. I’ll be looking for you.