Student Stories

We commit to our students for seven to nine years, every step of the way: increasing ACT scores, mastering Algebra II, coping with lifecycle events like grief, college financial literacy, first internships, first suits and first jobs. Here are some of their stories.

Kai

Kai

Metro High School Sophomore

Kai is taking advantage of our individualized tutoring offering. She has increased her skill in proactively identifying areas of concern, especially in Geometry. She consistently is bringing material to grow in mastery of her math class material. Since her time involved in our tutoring services, her geometry grade has grown. She has accomplished this by focusing on how to take quality detailed notes and is taking the time to learn background knowledge so she can excel as the curriculum grows.

Kyra

Clyde Sophomore

Kyra is taking advantage of our Study Planning program. Each student in this program works with their coach to develop and strengthen study skills. What does it look like to study ahead? How can we organize our time to stay on top of all our assignments? Kyra identified that she could increase her skill in organizing a busy workload from rigorous classes. She took initiative and completed all missing assignments and is proactively making a homework plan to stay on top of her grades. She has grown three letter grades since she’s started her plan and we are excited to see how far she can go!

Je’Nai

Carnahan High School Junior

Je’Nai is self-driven and wants to take advantage of all opportunities before and during college. Je’Nai was recently selected for the Quest Scholarship program which will allow her to study abroad in Argentina this summer. Je’Nai is not only involved in competitive programs but she also excels academically across the board. She is part of a leadership program, works at the Science Center, and is enrolled in construction classes at Beaumont (one of the only girls in a male dominated class). She is passionate about architecture and sees construction as a path to furthering her understanding of designing.

Deasia

Clyde C. Miller Junior

Deasia is a quiet force in academics. She is dedicated and hard working and the success just keeps coming! Currently she is in St. Louis Public School’s Early College Program and is earning all A’s in her classes. Some of these classes include College Composition, Psychology and Oral Communication. She is taking her College Bound classes seriously with an attendance of 93%. She’s exploring ways to apply all her academic success by taking advantage of job shadowing opportunities with her coach. She will participate in the Family Vet Job shadowing program soon to apply some of her knowledge to that career field.

Aniya

Aniya

Carnahan High School Junior

Aniyah is taking full advantage of resources to help her grow academically. She is holding herself to high standards of organization and is high achieving in both Biology and AP English. She’s grown three letter grades in Geometry after attending weekly tutoring after-school. She also raised her ACT Reading score 4 points by using a summarizing strategy that she is developing through her weekly College Bound ACT classes. Aniya is active in student government and plays on the softball and soccer teams. She is also a part of a women’s mentoring group sponsored by the AKA’s. We can’t wait to help her show off all her hard work in a few months when she starts applying to colleges.

Flindaija

Flindaija

North Technical High School Junior

Flindaija is one of our most outgoing students both inside and outside of the classroom. “Flin” is in College Bound’s individualized tutoring track. Through this program she works one on one with her coach to set an academic goal and work on prerequisite skills to develop through daily curriculum. Her GPA has grown 1.3 points! Flin is taking steps to make sure she can manage all her responsibilities in her current life while taking steps to research options for her future. She is currently researching schools with her coach and is identifying what types of schools make the most sense for her academic and personal needs. Not only is she setting herself up to have strong choices, but she’s also thinking through how to financially tackle this next step in her life. She’s going to do big things!

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Malaina

Affton High School

Malaina has chosen to focus her time with her coach on her career aspirations. Malaina shows dedication and motivation to reach her goal of becoming a nurse. She’s reached out to multiple professionals to talk with them about their experience within the medical field, researching schools, and is exploring different options she has for schools. To further this development and exploration, Malaina is also hoping to take some dual enrollment courses next year. This summer she will be able to take advantage of the College Bound Summer Institute to start taking college courses and prerequisites alongside her College Bound peers. Post high school she is looking to attending HBCUs and the Barnes Jewish Nursing Program. She will research more about these programs with her coaches in her Junior Year and through our job shadowing programs.

Jaylan

Jaylon

Lift for Life Academy

Jaylon is taking his personal goals seriously! Students set personal goals each semester with their coaches and then set a plan to approach that goal with success. Jaylon has been working to build confidence in his academic abilities. He has raised his GPA from a 3.24 to a 3.64 by working hard and seeing the possibilities in himself. This was specifically achieved through work on algebra! He is taking initiative to stay after school and get help from teachers and make up his work in order to ensure his grades are solid.

Raven

Raven

Lawrence University Freshman

Raven is a freshman at Lawrence University. She is involved in multiple student organizations at Lawrence University such as the dance team, Leadership, and Mentoring Program and the Black Student Union. Raven has been eager to find a community within the campus and is pursuing interests that will help her development. She also has been taking sound advice from others, which is making her excited about getting mentored by a fellow peer within the mentor-ship program. She hopes in the future to mentor other students as she progresses. Currently, she is doing a practicum at Edison Elementary for teacher shadowing. She took the initiative to reach about this opportunity because it’s required for her Psychology of Learning class. Her main responsibility involves observing the library media specialist while he teaches his students. She is eager to explore her options in the field of education and is elated to get the chance to have hands-on experience in the early stages of her college exploration.

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Asia

Washington University Sophomore

Asia is now in her second year at Washington University in Saint Louis. During the summer of 2019, Asia went to Madagascar through her Sustainable Development and Conversation through Collaboration class. The experience enabled her to integrate herself with the Malagasy culture to find solutions and help them improve the quality of life by directing the focus on economic growth, cultivation, and community health. The culture immersion process changed her perception about western civilization regarding infrastructure and privilege in the U.S as she embraced the idea of simplicity overseas. The projects varied for three weeks, such as increasing food production within the villages so they could have reliable food sources for school lunches, donating clothes, solar-powered batteries and solar lanterns to supply additional resources, improved the economy by buying local goods to help businesses and also applied first – aid to certain villagers because medical facilities are scare around the rural areas. She was grateful to provide relief and stability to launch outcomes to bring more environmental initiatives in the future.

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Manie

Truman University Freshman

Manie is a first-year student at Truman University. Manie is very passionate about creating change regarding representation of women of color in the field of science within her major of Biochemistry at Truman University. Manie is very interested in pursuing a future in research and has been proactive in locating opportunities to make this possible. Manie has recently been accepted into the undergraduate research program McNair at Truman University and she is very excited about this new opportunity. Manie is thinking about joining a research team with her Biology professor. Manie is currently adapting her notetaking and studying methods to become more successful in her Biology and Chemistry classes. She has been utilizing her campus resources and is very confident about passing her courses as she experiences this adjustment period of becoming familiar to various lecturing styles.

Leonard

Leonard

Cornell College

Leonard has been chugging away in his final year of his degree at Cornell College. Recently, Leonard completed an internship out of Chicago with Hebrew Studios where he worked in social media marketing. His work with them even gained him a paid Production Assistant position with the Studio where he worked on a new exhibit installation.

David

David

Vanderbilt University Sophomore

David is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University and this semester he is studying abroad in Kenya! Although our communication has been limited, he has shared with us a few of his experiences so far. In his study abroad to Africa, he lived with a host family and has visited traditional healers, hospitals, and counseling centers. He is experiencing culture shock, as he is still getting used to the cold showers, animals roaming around, and what he describes as reckless driving (there are no traffic lights or stop signs). Along with the physical changes in environment, David is learning a lot about the racial and nationality dynamics in Africa. He has come to discover that the LGBTQ+ community is almost nonexistent and that some tribes do not even have a word to describe LGBTQ+. He is learning a lot about the culture and about himself. He says that he looks forward to everyday because there is always something new to experience.

Ariana

Ariana

Ritenour High School Junior

Ariana is a Junior at Ritenour High School where she is an active leader within the Robotics Club. Her freshman year she started off doing social media outreach and currently, she is co-captain of her team. Some of her responsibilities include notebook organization and writing business proposals. Every year, the team prepares to enter a new challenge, in which if passed, the team makes it to state championship. For the past 2 years, the team has advanced to state competitions where they get the share with many others their project. Her favorite thing about being a member is sharing a family-like bond with members of her team. She also enjoys seeing how things work and how everything comes together. Throughout the year, there are mini competitions with surrounding schools, so the team is busy year-round. Pictured is the project they have been working on this year.

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Alexis

Cleveland NJROTC High School Junior

Meet high school junior Alexis. This year she earned the honor of being a Comm. Officer at Cleveland NJROTC High School. As a Cadet Lieutenant she serves under the Battalion Executive and over the company officers. She earned this rank through both her academic performance, maturity and overall leadership skills at school. She must be attentive to her duties of making sure students are meeting school expectations and uniform requirements. While it might not be conceived as the “cool” role in school, Alexis has risen to the occasion and takes her rank seriously.

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Lacey

Forest Park

Lacey, student at Forest Park and member of our College Bound at STLCC program is an optimist and loves to bake. These are two essential resources in her toolbelt. She’s not a 4.0 student, but she’s leaning into her cheery perspective and her culinary passion to keep moving forward and doing her best. Lacey will be the first to admit that school has been a struggle for her. While school is a challenge, it’s a challenge she’s more than willing to give her all to. While working on a goal setting milestone with her coach Lacey thought about the areas she wanted to grow in and her study habits and time management immediately popped into her mind. Not only does Lacey have to juggle attending classes and completing assignments but there’s thirty-five hours a week at a job as a dishwasher at a restaurant she has to account for, too. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the time and the energy to study as much as she wants to. Sometimes assignments get put on the back-burner until the very last minute. She set a goal with her coach who follows up as an accountability partner. Lacey is now feeling like she has a handle on her schoolwork and at work she’s been given the chance to embrace her culinary passion and path by being asked to assist in the preparation of the restaurant’s desserts.