College Month and Success Boston | City of Ideas

Posted 10/17/2017 by John Griffin and Heather Buffo, Program Associates


KayAnn at podiumThe benefits of a post-secondary credential are indisputable. From increases in lifetime earnings to longer life span and greater involvement in civic life. But for many, earning a certificate or degree has an impact on more than just their own future.

Ask Kay-Ann, a Dorchester Academy graduate currently studying nursing at Bunker Hill Community College.

“Being a first-generation college student means that my success will be emulated by my younger siblings,” she says. “I hope to be the exemplar.”

Kay-Ann – who immigrated to the United States from Jamaica in 2011 – knows that earning her associate’s degree will be transformational for both her and her family. That’s why partners from the Success Boston College Completion Initiative have been working together since 2008 to ensure young people like Kay-Ann have access to the resources, opportunities and supports that will get them prepared for, into, and through college. To ensure students start off the college preparation season strong, every October the Boston Foundation, Boston Public Schools, local nonprofits, and colleges participate in Success Boston College Month.

We kicked-off the month-long celebration with College Pride Day as hundreds of students and professionals wore their college gear – socks, shirts and sweatshirts – to help foster a college-going culture here in Boston. The rest of the month is packed with dozens of college preparation events for students across Boston, culminating in the citywide College & Career Fair on Saturday, November 4th. You can also engage by sharing the resources on our College Month Site with your friends, family, students or colleagues who may be planning a postsecondary journey of their own. Navigating the college landscape can be complex, but we’ve made Success Boston College Month easy to follow with each week highlighting a “college knowledge” theme:

  • October 1st-7th: Affording College
  • October 8th-14th: Exploring Careers & Planning Your Future
  • October 15th-21st: Getting Ready & Getting In
  • October 22nd-28th: Why College?

KayAnnBoston has made great progress since 2008 – the number of Boston Public Schools graduates who earn their college degree or certificate each year has nearly doubled in the past decade. But there is much more we can do to help students understand and act on their options, make good choices, and plan effectively for their futures. It’s taken hard work by our students, families, partners and supporters, but we are seeing progress.

 And we know that progress will have a ripple effect. Just ask Kay-Ann.

Learn more about the important work Success Boston is doing year-round by visiting our website, following us on social media and hearing more about our initiative’s coaching program that has improved the postsecondary outcomes of more than 4,000 Boston Public School graduates to date.

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