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  • Powering the Future

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    April 01, 2021
    Powering the Future
     
    News Release
    Mesa, AZ (March 30, 2021)
    A generous community of private donors, foundations, and corporate partners is helping College Bound AZ continue to grow their reach as an organization, empowering more students each year to be competitive for college admissions and scholarships, and to be successful once they arrive on campus.

    From its early days, College Bound AZ has partnered with EVIT, the East Valley Institute of Technology, which serves students from ten East Valley school districts. College Bound provides support to EVIT high school students in the form of a series of eight counseling sessions about the college going process, with one-on-one meetings to ensure student success.

    This year, College Bound AZ has had 270 high school students sign up for these sessions – five times the number of students who participated in 2020. To assist College Bound in providing the counseling and mentoring, they have welcomed six ASU students who are taking a University Service Learning (USL) class and selected College Bound AZ for their service experience. 

    In addition to offering these helpful guidance sessions for underserved high school students interested in going to college, the need for student laptop computers is a current focal point for College Bound AZ. As the worsening COVID pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person classes in the spring of 2020, it quickly became apparent that having a laptop with sufficient memory to download the necessary software for online class participation was a vital necessity for college students. 

    Grant funding from the Mesa United Way, Valley of the Sun United Way, the Arizona Cardinals, Mega Events Auctions, and Season for Sharing, along with money generated from a Super Bowl “50/50” raffle that College Bound AZ held for the first time this year, is going to provide new Dell laptop computers to 40 deserving students this year.  Additionally, Affinity Technologies will conduct updates and install software on the new laptops to ensure students have their computers for immediate use.

    College Bound worked closely with Dell Technologies for reduced prices for new Dell Inspiron laptops.  These laptops are so important because of the digital divide that makes it challenging for many low-income families to access computers and the internet.  Additionally, these families often rely on service industry jobs that have been particularly impacted by COVID.  Countless family incomes have been impacted from the result of widespread business closures.

    College Bound AZ continues the work to reach out to and collaborate with a growing number of community partners who have a shared vision – to remove the barriers that low-income students face that make college unattainable, to turn dreams into degrees, and to change lives.

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    About College Bound AZ

    Established in 2010, College Bound AZ has been steadily advancing as the premier non-profit community resource, guiding aspiring underrepresented students with their journey to college through mentorship, guidance, and support.  Operating in the Greater Metropolitan Phoenix Area, College Bound AZ delivers necessary assistance to students in grades 8 through college, serving approximately 650 students through its Jr. High, High School, and College programs.

    College Bound AZ is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization and a Certified Autism Center.  All philanthropic contributions to College Bound AZ are 100% tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

    For more information, visit cbaz.org.
    Contact:
    Liz Paulus, Executive Director
    elizabeth.paulus@collegeboundaz.org, (602) 550-3161