Imagine what it means to be the first at something. First to sail around the world. First to set foot on the moon. First to climb to the top of Mt. Everest. First person in your family to attend college. Most of CBO’s Scholars are first-generation college students and the challenge of navigating the college journey is just as frightening, challenging and significant as the journey to the moon, around the world or to the top of a mountain. And YOU can be a part of that journey!
What Is College Bound Opportunities (CBO)?
Created in 2006, CBO mentors under-resourced students in Northern Illinois and encourages them to realize their potential as students and to become productive members of their communities. Today, CBO works with 38 juniors and 36 seniors from Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Highland Park, and Lake Forest high schools, as well as Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan. In addition, we support 112 Scholars in colleges and universities across the country. CBO boasts a network of 87 alumni across the country, and 100% of those graduates are either employed or pursuing an advanced degree.
With the support of committed individuals like you, CBO is proud to report 94% of our Scholars have graduated from college and those students still in college are on track to graduate within 5 years!
How Do We Do It?
The CBO journey begins the summer before a student’s junior year in high school and continues through college graduation. For high school students, CBO provides academic support, ACT test prep, and significant support throughout the college application process as they tackle essays, financial aid forms and interviews.
As college students, CBO continues to support its Scholars ensuring they are taking a balanced class load, directing them to on campus resources and inviting them to participate in career prep workshops and activities when they are home during breaks.
The most unique aspect of the program is the 1:1 mentoring provided through CBO. We match Scholars with a mentor who will guide, support and encourage them on their journey to attain a college degree - and oftentimes beyond.