College Bound Dorchester’s College Connections program was recently recognized by Mutual of America for its success.
The Dorchester-based educational non-profit, formed in 1965, will be honored by the life insurance company at a luncheon Apr. 4 with its Community Partnership Award.
A check for $25,000 is also expected to be presented to the group that partnered with the Bunker Hill Community College and UAspire on the program.
The money will support the program that serves over 350 at-risk local youth at a time.
“We’re just very thankful,” said Mark Culliton. “When we started this there was a lot of skepticism and now we’re proving it can happen.”
The program has been operating for the past four-years and works with youth ages 16-27. Concentrating on students who are at-risk of dropping out or not graduating, the program has partnered with area educators and colleges to provide a path to a degree and eventually a well-paying job
“A lot of the jobs that are open in Boston require a degree,” said Culliton. “That’s where the jobs are and where they’re going and for us it’s about where the real opportunities are in Boston.”
With an emphasis on education and participation, the program includes mentoring groups and academic assistance programs that work specifically to serve those who have not always found success in traditional educational atmospheres.
“They’re smart capable kids, they just need the support,” said Culliton.