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Mr. Jose Suarez &
Ms. Stefania Nieto
(323) 887-7900

College Bound Today (CBT)


A program for the parents and students of Montebello Unified School District High Schools.

Students join College Bound Today in the 10th grade. During the five semester program, students:

  • work with volunteer mentors monthly
  • visit area colleges
  • learn about financial aid
  • prepare for the SAT
  • become part of a college support group
  • learn to prepare a strong college application
  • take part in special events each year

In February 2009, 10 teams totalling 70 students began work with 30 mentors. In most California high schools, there is one counselor to 1.000 students and no special programs that assist students with preparing college applications.

Parents are encouraged to participate in all general meetings so that the entire family learns about going to college. Each meeting, before the students arrive, mentors meet with the college counselor and program leaders to prepare for each session. Detailed discussion guides for each session are provided. Special orientation sessions for mentors are also held.

Sessions focus on different themes at each meeting including on-line practice to improve test scores learning about colleges and preparing for college visits, learning how to complete financial aid applications, and discussing practice essays designed to improve writing skills. A special SAT preparation program is also provided.

Students attend college fairs at which a number of colleges make presentations. Mentors also take the students on their teams on at least 4 campus visists. The program includes three all-day campus visits to major colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area.

Creative Education Partners (CEP), is sponsored by Community Partners, a Los Angeles 501(c)(3) non-profit  organization. Funds for the program are raised through contributions and foundation grants.  A program advisory committee meets regularly with staff and provides regular oversight.

Mentors are recruited, trained, assigned and supervised by CEP, with the support of MUSD.  Mentors must provide MUSD with a Live Scan background check from the California Department of Justice. Parents provide written permission for their children’s involvement in the program and for any local travel connected with program activities.

How to Support the Program:

If you would like to become a volunteer mentor or make a donation please call either Todd Clark or Dan Clement using the information listed below. Mentors must have college or post-secondary educations. They must commit to attend all meetings and work with students assigned to their teams at least until they graduate from high school.

Funders are: The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation, the Birch Foundation, Fragner Seifert Pace & Winograd LLP.

Tax deductible contributions are encouraged.

A program of Creative Education Partners
Todd Clark, President
(213) 999-4340
10361 Caribou Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Dan Clement, Chair, Advisory Committee



Program Expansion:

Beginning in February 2014, four schools will be involved in the program: Bell Gardens High School, Montebello High School, Schurr High School and the Applied Technology Center. When fully engaged, each school will have 3 active grade level groups of 18 mentors and 48 students working toward college admission.