Colleges in Action: Programs Employing College Students in P-12 Support Roles

NPSS-Aligned Student Support Programs

There are numerous evidence-based approaches to supporting P-12 students’ holistic thriving. Learn how partnerships between institutions of higher education, schools, districts, and nonprofit organizations can make a breadth of opportunities available for higher education students to serve and work in roles as tutors, mentors, student success coaches, postsecondary transition coaches, and more, in P-12 schools and out-of-school time programs.

Post-Secondary Pathways Coaching

Young Scholars Program at Rhodes State College


Program Overview:

  • The Young Scholars Program, a partnership between Rhodes State College and local middle and high schools, provides potential first-generation college-going students with a variety of resources to help prepare them for college and career pathways. 
  • Using a cohort model, youth join the Young Scholars Program in the eighth grade, and are supported through their high school graduation and college enrollment. 
  • Participating students receive intensive pre-college advising, planning resources, and a breadth of college and career experiences to provide exposure to postsecondary opportunities. Young Scholars participants who eventually enroll at Rhodes State College also receive two years of free tuition. 
  • In addition to pre-college advising, Rhodes State provides immersive programming to expose the Young Scholars to the arts, business and industry, community service, and social emotional learning. 
  • Rhodes State College employs college students through Federal Work-Study to serve as postsecondary transition coaches and mentors for youth participating in the program. Having often come from the same community, these college students are especially well-positioned to foster meaningful connections with the Young Scholars participants through relatable experiences.

Program Impact: 

  • The Young Scholars Program launched in 2022 with an initial cohort of eight students, and will grow annually by 10 participants. 
  • Local media has featured Rhodes State College and the Young Scholars Program

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