Since 2008, Success Boston coaches have been supporting Boston Public Schools students in their transition from high school to and through postsecondary education.
These student support professionals work at community-based organizations throughout the city and partner with institutions of higher education in Greater Boston to ensure that young people have the guidance and mentorship they need to be successful in college. Based on years of collaboration, research and learning, this Resource Hub is a collection of information and best practice for current and future coaches, in Boston and beyond.
Postsecondary Coaching: Trust Comes First
Success Boston coaches know, to support a young person to and through college, building a relationship and trust comes first. Make time to get to know each other and understand the big picture:
- Where they’re coming from: Who do students live with? What is their support network? What are their responsibilities (family, financial, personal) beyond school?
- Goal Setting & Career Mapping: What do students want to accomplish, by when, and why? Open and early conversations with students about longer term goals for their degree, career, and life can help with both putting together a postsecondary completion plan, and with identifying areas where they may need support problem-solving.
These messages are meant as a general guide, organized according to the academic year, to support all students throughout their college careers.
Holistic Support Note
As students navigate these milestones, managing stress is an important skill for students to build. Colleges have helpful resources to help students do this, from their health centers and mental health supports, to athletic facilities and wellness programming. Coaches can guide students toward these resources and encourage them to maintain healthy habits.