A MILLION STARS INC

aka College Bound, St. Louis   |   St. Louis, MO   |  http://www.collegeboundstl.org

Mission

Through an individualized, holistic, and multi-year commitment, College Bound empowers promising students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve bachelor’s degrees and successful careers.

Ruling year info

2006

President & CEO

Mr. Scott Baier

Main address

110 North Jefferson

St. Louis, MO 63103 USA

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EIN

20-4768985

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Just one adult with a college degree can end the cycle of poverty in a family forever. Through CB’s programs, students are equipped to achieve not only four year degrees but also career-track, wealth-building jobs. But barriers to graduation arise at all points along the high-school-to-college pipeline. Everything from misunderstanding a financial aid package, a lack of math skills that leads to remediation or even an unexpected family loss can derail students from their path. Long-term, comprehensive support is crucial to propel high-risk students to college graduation and into careers. This is what we do.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

To and Through

Recognized as one of the best college access-and-success organizations in the country, College Bound (CB) was founded on the belief that education is the foundation of a just society. Through academic support, mental health services, guidance through the college application process, and career readiness activities, CB challenges systemic racism and classism that have long disadvantaged Black, Brown, and first-generation students.

College Bound programming is year-round, from the beginning of sophomore year of high school through college graduation. Students experience CB's classes and tutoring in biweekly classes from September through May. Classes include college knowledge, social emotional and financial literacy curricula, growth mindset development, and career readiness. CB's workforce curriculum is drawn exclusively through evidence-based sources and highlights 21st century workforce skills, including professional communication and presentation skills, problem soling and critical thinking, resume writing and interviewing. Business tours and job shadowing are also offered to build on learning and expose students to jobs and careers outside of what they experience in their daily lives. CB also provides robust ACT prep and academic support for high school juniors, with a particular focus on math content. These students receive intensive ACT prep for 17 weeks. Instruction focuses on ACT strategies and test-taking techniques as well as academic content. CB coaches mentor and coach students through reflection, confidence building, and combating test-taking anxiety. CB students take three ACT practice tests in preparation for the real ACT in April and also have the opportunity to participate in supplemental ACT math and reading instruction.

Beginning the summer after 11th grade, CB's rising 12th grade students participate in programming geared specifically to provide college application support. Students participate in sessions to write their college essays and visit college campuses of interest. During fall of senior year, students work intensively with CB's 12th grade team to select and apply for best-fit colleges. During these months, 12th grade students are also working with coaches to complete FAFSA forms and apply for student aid. Tutoring is offered to all College Bound students, six days/week. Our Academic Development team is staffed by experienced educators who make themselves available to students Sunday - Friday.

College Bound Summer Institute (CBSI) is an eight-week summer program for CB's rising high school juniors and seniors. Designed to mitigate summer learning loss and give students their first chance to earn transferrable college credit, CBSI is an intensive program that builds on students' core competencies and proficiencies.

College Bound's College Completion programming begins in the second semester of 12th grade. CB coaches remain active in students' lives until they earn a degree. The core of CB's program for collegians is coaching via intensive advising and 1:1 case management. Student success is monitored through evidence-based milestones and indicators. Most coaching happens remotely: by phone, Zoom, text, and social media.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

To and Through

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In all cases 100% of students graduated from High School.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

College Bound’s primary goal is to provide ~600 promising students from under-resourced backgrounds with the academic enrichment, social supports and life skills needed to succeed in college and careers. The organization seeks funding to support its comprehensive, seven-to-nine year program that has proven successful in empowering promising low-income, first-generation college students to get into AND graduate from college at over five times the rate of their peers.

CB empowers first-generation, low-income students via its 7-9 year program, which includes test prep, academic support, wellness services, application guidance, in addition to intrusive, 1:1 coaching for high school students and collegians. CB partners with students beginning in their sophomore year of high school, building a long-term relationship and supporting students every step of the way until they have their college degree in hand (and beyond).

CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER: Wil Hayes spent ten years overseeing programs at Great Circle with progressively increasing responsibility. Wil holds a Master’s in Counseling from Saint Louis University.
DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL PARTNERSHIPS CeAira holds a Master’s in Public Administration and Public Policy Analysis in from Southeast Missouri State University.
COLLEGE COUNSELING DIRECTOR. Debbie Greenberg co-founded College Bound. She graduated with a Bachelor's in English from the University of Illinois and a Master's in Teaching from Washington University in St. Louis.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT. Rob Donnelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and earned his Master’s at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS MANAGER. Nikki DeLeo is a graduate of Clemson University with a Major in Sociology and Minor in education. She moved to St. Louis and has spent the past eight years teaching and working in administration.

100% of College Bound’s students have graduated from high school (all but two, and both received GEDs) compared to only 71% of St. Louis Public School students and 53% of low-income students living in cities.
93% of College Bound students have matriculated to college immediately after high school, compared to 65% of St. Louis Public School graduates and only 51% of low-income graduates nationwide.
55% of all Missouri students who begin a four-year degree graduate within six years. College Bound’s first three classes have graduated at a rate of 53% within six years. We have learned a great deal from our successes and shortfalls and the team is leveraging this data and knowledge to steadily increase the six-year graduation rate.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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A MILLION STARS INC

Board of directors
as of 07/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Marilyn Dredge

Community Volunteer

Term: 2023 - 2020

Susan Buse

Attorney

Julie Stern

Owner, JBS Pilates

Doreen Carmichael

Maritz CX

Marilyn Dredge

Community Volunteer

Jerry Fox

SVP & CIO, BJC Healthcare

Randy Grady

Riezman Berger

Tim Farquhar

Rubin Brown

Bryan McGowan

Advisory Principal, KPMG

Dan Miller

Managing Director, CIBC

Gretchen Sander

Retired Pediatrician

Todd Kaye

Bryan Cave

Dan Mandoli

DJM

John Murphy

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Brian Seiz

VP, Cigna

Al Mitchell

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Ronald Norwood

Lewis Rice

Kristin Thompson-Poelker

Financial Advisor, Renaissance Financial Services

Pete Zeiser

Regional President, Midwest BankCentre

Jill Anderson

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Travis Freeman

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Patrick Smith

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/12/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/02/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.