Pathways to College Success

Higher education is key for long-term, multi-generation economic success in the United States. First generation college students face higher barriers to success in college than peers with parents who graduated from college. In partnership with MassBay Community College and Framingham State University, JFS of Metrowest’s new Pathways to Success program aims to reduce these barriers and help students achieve lasting success in college. The program uses a three-tiered strategy to achieve its goals:

In-Class Mentoring

Volunteers with professional experience act as mentors in MassBay classrooms, providing professional, personal, and academic guidance to students. MassBay professors incorporate mentors into the lesson plan, giving them space to provide real-life examples and lead small-group discussions. Become a mentor today!

One-on-One Mentoring

Once they have developed connections to students in class, interested mentors are paired with students at the end of the semester for one-on-one mentorships lasting six months, or longer. At this stage, mentors work more closely with individual students to help with professional development, networking, goal-setting, and developing other skills to help them succeed professionally.

Family Assistance Program

In addition to the robust mentorship program, a JFS community resource specialist is available to meet with MassBay students and their families to provide information and assistance regarding housing, employment, nutrition programs, legal assistance, medical assistance, utilities assistance and answer any questions families may have. Assistance is offered in English, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Program News

Volunteer Spotlight Series: Carol and George Hengerle!

Carol and George Hengerle JFS Volunteers since October 2018 and March 2020 Carol recently retired from her position as a program administrator at Brandeis. George retired from his career as an engineer in the energy industry and has recently formed his own consulting...

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