This all started with a vision. A vision to create an upward trend in social mobility in which students from low-income backgrounds can rise out of poverty and become leaders, so they can thrive in the real world. And at CounselingConnects, we believe that providing free college counseling to low-income high school students who are in need of it is an initial step to increase social mobility in America.


To provide this free counseling, we are connecting low-income students that exhibit interest in this program to volunteer college counselors who are experienced and qualified.  


"Being able to go to college has never been something I needed to worry about since I come from a privileged background that values education and realizing that other students don't have the same opportunities as I do, opened my eyes and made me grateful for how lucky I am. So, my goal is to help low-income be able to go to college and have the same opportunities as me, so they can rise out of their social classes and become young and motivated leaders."

Aruj is a 10th grader from San Antonio and his hobbies are playing soccer, listening to music, and playing guitar. He is currently working on two social projects, Dream Donations, and CounselingConnects. Dream Donations is a non-profit organization and its mission is to feed homeless individuals with food from various restaurants, so they can enjoy a good, well-rounded meal instead of staying hungry. Dream Donations inspired him to create CounselingConnects so he can continue helping others to a greater extent.

Aruj Khater, Founder

We believe all students have the potential to succeed in life, no matter what background they are from.

Our Mission

At CounselingConnects, our goal is to provide free college counseling to low-income students in the United States so they can pursue their dream college and become great leaders.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to cultivate young and motivated leaders from low-income backgrounds, that can thrive in the real world and attend their ideal college with proper guidance from CounselingConnects. 


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