This year’s College Essay Boot Camp was a huge success, thanks to the incredible outpouring of our volunteer network, which we can say is three companies and one university wider after this year’s events. Not only did we work with 94 students at our seventh annual all-day College Essay Boot Camp at Northeastern University—we took the show on the road, and hosted mini-events at Babson College, Hubspot, Morgan Stanley, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Combined, we helped students write 196 college essays.

The college essay is arguably one of the most important pieces of writing our students will ever produce in their lives, but so many of them are trying to chart a course to college on their own. College Essay Boot Camp can be the critical support students need. If you were there, you were no doubt captivated by the student stories you read and edited.

Some stats about past College Essay Boot Camp participants:

  • 60% of students who attended had parents who were born outside of the United States;
  • 45% of students reported that they would be the first in their families to attend college;
  • 40% of students had not started their essays prior to College Essay Boot Camp…
  • and 75% of students left College Essay Boot Camp with a 1st, 2nd, or final draft in hand.

“Thank you, 826 Boston, for your amazing work with our college-bound students. Your programs truly make a difference.” – Josette Teneus, mother and guidance counselor, Charlestown High School

“To be honest, I came here with no ideas, no topic, nothing. I am so grateful to be a participant in this program. I overcame a lot.” – Former student participant