What We Do

The Summer Melt Action Team

In its second year, the Summer Melt Action Team identified HPS graduates who planned to attend college in the fall and provided supports and guidance to increase the likelihood that they would start as planned and not get off track before they even start – a phenomenon known as “summer melt.” 

The Campus Retention Action Team

In its first year, the Campus Retention Action Team brought seven college campus leaders together for six months in order to launch an intervention. Each participating campus reallocates its work-study student resources this spring to fund one or two positions for HPS graduates who are upperclassmen to become peer mentors to underclassmen on campus who are HPS graduates.

Advisory & Student Success Plan Action Team

In the fall 2018, the Advisory & Student Success Plan Action Team worked on planning a limited pilot program scheduled to launch in January 2019. The pilot program will provide 100 students at High School Inc. and the Journalism and Media Academy with social-emotional supports, career competency training, career exposure, and standards-based internship experiences. Plans call for expanding this initiative to all HPS high schools in the fall of 2019.

College Supports Network

College Supports Network (CSN) include practitioners and providers of programs and initiatives serving students who are in high school, transitioning into and/or enrolled in post-secondary programming for the College Supports Network. The network meets to share best practices, report on activities and discuss the future of programs.

Fostering Collaborations

The CSN recognizes the need to collaborate to maximize impact, avoid overlap and fill gaps. Providers meet four times a year as The CSN aspires to be an inclusive, multi-sector, organization that will engage all stake-holders in our overall goal to provide effective supports to college-bound Hartford youth.

Work-Based Learning Network

The WBL Network will better define and implement the full breadth of work-based learning opportunities and pathways to regional growth sectors, through a well-coordinated community of practice amongst, employers, various summer and school year WBL providers.