Culturally Responsive Counseling – School Counselors

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Provide culturally responsive counseling in the college planning process

Culturally responsive counseling involves school counselors acknowledging, appreciating, and leveraging students’ cultural strengths to promote positive outcomes.  By providing culturally responsive college counseling, school counselors can offer Native American students greater access to colleges that support their identity and offer resources that promote successful college enrollment and completion.

Provide Equity and
College Access through
Culturally Responsive Counseling

School counselors are essential for our Native youth’s CollegeBound Journey™.  According to the National Center for Educational Statistics’ The Condition of Education Report 2020, Native American students are enrolling in college at rates far below their peers. We need allies who are committed to change these numbers.

Popular college tools used by most school systems exclude cultural aspects important to our Native students in the college search process. Cultural identity consideration is an essential factor on this journey; therefore, it is essential that culturally responsive counseling tools and resources are utilized.

CollegeBound Journey™ supports school counselor allies in guiding Native youth towards discovering culturally-supportive colleges and resources.  Using tools like CollegeBound Journey™ can provide school counselors with an equitable college planning resource to navigate Native youth on their college planning journey.

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How the CollegeBound Journey™ Platform Supports Culturally Responsive Counseling

One Platform That Provides School Counselors with the Tools for Culturally Responsive College Planning
At last, school counselors can find all the resources they need to provide culturally responsive counseling with Native American college planning on one convenient platform. We have done the research so that you can focus on what you do best: Counseling!


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The College Search

Our trademark college search supports Native youth to identify culturally, supportive college options.  The CollegeBound Journey™  College Search filters align with the recommendations described within The American Indian College Fund’s Creating Visibility and Healthy Learning Environments for Native Americans in Higher Education and the Native American College Student Transition Theory.

The CollegeBound Journey™ – College Search filters includes:

The Scholarship Database

Paying for college is can be a major barrier for our Native American families. The CollegeBound Journey™ Native American College Scholarships Database supports in the culturally responsive counseling process by assisting students to identify possible avenues of funding to support their education.

Scholarships included in the CollegeBound Journey™ database:

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The Enrichment Program Search

Enrichment programs provide our students with valuable experiences.  Pre-college programs allow students to experience college in a safe space with other Native American students and to visualize themselves attending college in the future.   Other enrichment opportunities, like culture and career camps, allow student to learn as a community with cultural mentors.

This database contains Native American specific enrichment and pre-college experiences.

CollegeBound Journey™ Pre-College & Enrichment Program Database includes:

Additional Feature for Schools and School Counselors to Provide Culturally Responsive Counseling

The Curriculum

Culturally responsive counseling curriculum and lesson plans have been created to support school counselors, educators, and youth service workers to use the CollegeBound Journey™ platform with Native American youth.

Curriculum and lesson plans are included for FREE with a paid school or program subscription plan.  Click here for more information.

Current curriculum resources include:

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