College Success


Our College Success Program supports students as they transition into, persist in, and ultimately finish postsecondary education through workshops and college success coaching. HSTF college coaches facilitate Spring and Summer Academy workshops for rising first-year students aimed at better preparing these primarily first generation college going students for the opportunities and challenges of starting college. During these workshops, coaches cover topics like understanding debt and credit and work-school-life balance. Throughout the year, students and coaches also meet for one-on-one coaching sessions, both during on-campus office hours at colleges where students attend and at HSTF. Students often seek support from their coach related to financial aid, choosing courses, and balancing school with work, as most of our students have to work while taking classes. The combination of relevant workshops, individualized coaching, and long-term engagement makes our College Success Program unique. Each year, approximately a third of rising college freshmen have been part of our Jóvenes program. This means that those students could receive 8 or more years of ongoing, consistent support from HSTF.