Soon after CBT was founded in 2008 , MUSD invited us to launch a pilot project at Schurr High School in Montebello. Working closely with Andy Castillo (a veteran counselor who was then the college counselor at that school), we recruited 30 volunteers who in early 2009 started serving as mentors for a pilot group of 10th grade students recruited by Mr. Castillo.
Based on the early success of this pilot project, MUSD invited us to expand into fourother MUSD high schools: Bell Gardens High School (in 2010); Montebello High School (in 2012); the Applied Technology Center (ATC) High School (in 2013); andVail High School (a one-year pilot program in 2016).
In 2014, MUSD entered into a contract with us designating CBT as an official program of MUSD, and agreeing to provide to CBT substantial in-kind assistance (including staff support, buses for college field trips, interpreters for our parent meetings, and meeting facilities) for a period of 5-years.
In 2015, the California School Boards Association presented CBT with one of its annual statewide Golden Bell Awards commending the CBT program as innovative, sustainable, proven to be successful through empirical evidence, and replicable in other school districts. Since CBT’s inception in 2008, more than 1,300 MUSD students and 300 mentors have participated in our program.
Since CBT’s inception in 2008, more than 1,300 MUSD students and 350 mentors have participated in our program.