What is College Bound? College Bound is a Gordon run program that partners with the Lynn Housing Authority to provide homework help and enrichment programming to children from Curwin Circle, a low-income housing community in Lynn. Through tutoring and enrichment activities, children from Curwin are given the academic resources necessary to be positive and active members of their communities, and to see the possibility of college in their future. Through tutoring and mentoring, Gordon students are challenged to grow in leadership and service. The College Bound interns provide the oversight and direction for this exciting program.
Tutoring takes place both in Curwin Circle and on Gordon’s campus, where children experience a taste of college life, enjoying the library and fitness center, exploring the woods around campus, or interacting with Gordon students in a science lab or at a musical performance. Gordon students also work with middle and high school students in Curwin Circle, helping them with homework, test preparation, and college applications.
Tutor Responsibilities: In addition to having an interest in urban education, tutors are expected to provide homework help, organize academic enrichment activities, attend an orientation program (as well as various scheduled trainings throughout the year), and maintain a positive and respectful relationship with the children at all times. Positions for students who do not qualify for Federal Work Study are limited.
Intern Responsibilities: Upperclassmen can apply to be a College Bound intern generally in the spring as we prefer a year-long commitment. Interns are paid and give 8-10 hours per week preparing lesson plans, overseeing the tutors, managing the program as well as working with the youth. In addition, interns receive training and mentoring in the field of urban education and leadership development.
How Can I Get Involved? At the start of each semester, applications will be reviewed and 30 tutors hired. If you are interested in getting involved, either as a tutor or as an intern, please email the Director of College Bound Stephanie Marienau Turpin to indicate your interest.
*(Any questions about federal work study eligibility should be sent to Student Financial Services.)
COLLEGE BOUND PHOTOJOURNAL:
Gordon tutors initiate a game of giant kick-ball on Gordon's quad with 3-5th graders from Curwin Circle.
College Bound logo designed by Kristin Bollier '12.
Tutors and kids jam it up at the Spring 2009 end of year party at Curwin Circle.
Tutoring at 162 Curwin Circle.
Fifth-grader Stacy shows off her love for College Bound (see the egg!) through an Easter craft.
Gordon tutors, Jane and Bonnie, celebrate beach day at Gordon with two 5th graders.
Ballin' at Curwin.
Youth service Coordinator Cathy Rowe cuts the ribbon with the parents of Sarah Allyn to dedicate the Sarah Allyn Learning Center at 162 Curwin. Sarah was one of two Gordon students who helped start College Bound and tragically passed away in a car accident.
At the end of an afternoon of tutoring, Gordon tutor walks three Curwin youth home.