Working in cooperation with MUSD leadership and with leaders at Bell Gardens High School, Montebello High School, Schurr High School and the Applied Technology Center, CEP has developed a volunteer mentoring program that brings together college graduates from throughout the school district to serve on mentor teams with college graduates from other parts of the Greater Los Angeles area. CEP divides the mentors into teams of 3 mentors, and assigns each mentor team to work with a group of 6-8 students from the beginning of the students’ second semester in the tenth grade until they graduate from high school. (In this respect, the College Bound Today program differs from many other mentoring programs, which typically assign each mentor to work one-on-one with a student. We believe that our mentor team design provides more flexibility for the mentors and more program stability, while it also facilitates the building of bonds, trust and ease of communication between the adult mentors and the adolescent students.)
Each cycle of the program is designed to last for five semesters. The mentor teams work under the direct supervision of each school’s College Counselor to help prepare their assigned students to become successful applicants for admission to four-year colleges, and to become successful college students — which is a complicated and often confusing process.
New groups of mentors are recruited during each Fall semester to work with a new cycle of 10th grade students each February.