Connections to College (C2C) seeks to provide Bird Street Community Center youth with resources to increase the likelihood that they will pursue college after high school graduation by demystifying the process of college admissions and college life; and preparing them for greater success in college by exposing them to college coursework, experiences, and college-aged mentors.

Bird Street is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides low-income, high-risk youth with critical programs and services that allow inner city children and youth to rise above poverty, become the first in their families to graduate from college, lead the community as a place of peace and prosperity, and thrive as the adults of tomorrow.

C2C Academic Year Program

During the school year, structured sessions are held once a week from 5-7 p.m. at Suffolk University. Curriculum topics include the college search and application process, college essay help, resume building, interview skills, and standardized test prep. Guest speakers are brought in to supplement the general curriculum, and to give the Bird Street youth the opportunity to hear from University representatives from the Admissions, Career Services (Internship/Co-op), and Financial Aid offices.

  • C2C Leaders are responsible for managing the academic-year C2C program, leading and training mentors, implementing the curriculum, and providing general oversight of all program activities.
  • C2C Mentors are responsible for providing positive modeling, guidance and support for C2C students. Mentors assist with class preparation and provide assistance to the C2C Leaders.

Mentors and leaders are selected at the beginning of each academic year based on an application [PDF] and interview process.

C2C Summer Program

During the summer, twenty high school students are invited to participate in a six week residential program that is held from early July through mid-August. Bird Street students live in Suffolk University residence halls, take college-level courses, complete an internship with the State House and other organizations, and participate in social and cultural activities. This program is a joint collaboration of the Bird Street Community Center, the Center for Community Engagement, and the Moakley Institute.

Four mentors are needed each summer to live in the residence halls to supervise this program. Mentors are selected in the spring based on an application [PDF] and interview process.