We believe that our Native American youth are the next generation to sustain, build, and empower Tribal and urban, Native communities.

Higher education can be an avenue to elevate students towards their purpose, and our purpose is to be a support for them on this journey.  

Our story.

Created to empower Native youth on their college bound journey.

Four Directions Educational Consulting Services (4DECS) is committed to supporting counselors and educators to integrate culturally responsive tools and practices within the college planning process.  Our lead consultant, Kerrie Troseth, has been a licensed school counselor since 1999 and now works exclusively with Native American youth.  During this time, she noticed that many popular college search tools and resources did not acknowledge supportive cultural factors in the college planning process, therefore, our Native youth struggled to identify supportive colleges and resources for their college journey.  In 2020, Kerrie advocated for the development of an online, college planning platform that would honor Native American culture and utilize cultural, protective factors.

Over the course of two years and through extensive research and networking, CollegeBound Journey was created to support our own clients; however, we quickly realized the broader impact the platform could have if provided to a wider audience.  In 2022, CollegeBound Journey was made available to schools, Indian Education Programs, Tribal Education Departments, College Access Partners, and families.    

“CollegeBound Journey is the only online platform that is designed specifically for Native youth.”

Our aim is to support our Native American youth on their CollegeBound Journey™ all while acknowledging their unique, cultural needs.   Our youth are the future of our communities, and we are grateful to present this unique resource to guide them towards their purpose and dreams.  

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Nativ3,Minneapolis, MN

We partnered with NATIV3, a Minneapolis-based digital marketing firm, to create this platform.  NATIV3 continues to provide technical support and insights to offer this experience to our clients.