Resources for Career & College Readiness

Ready, Set, Succeed! Support a student in charting their course for success during and beyond high school. A summer job, internship, mentorship, or plan to pursue higher education sets our future leaders on a path to change the world.

Summer is a great time to explore college and career options with your child. Visit college campuses. Connect your child with a mentor in a career that interests them. Help them write a resume to find a summer internship or job. Join us for Future Leaders Day on Thursday, July 11!

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Resources for Students and Parents

Tips to Keep Tweens and Teens
Learning During the Summer

No matter their age, it’s important for ALL kids to keep learning over the summer. Here are some ways to keep your tween or teen learning over the summer.

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College Tools by Better Make Room

Not sure where to start with your college journey? These tools were developed by the U.S. Department of Education to help students and their families to choose a college that’s the best fit.

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Official SAT® Practice from College Board & Khan Academy (A College Readiness Partnership)

College Board and Khan Academy provide free, personalized & official SAT Practice for students through their College Readiness Partnership. 3.7MM students have used the practice test since its launch in 2015. A 2017 study found that “studying for the SAT for 20 hours using Khan Academy’s was associated with an average score gain of 115 points.” Even just six hours of study is associated with point increases.

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Research Briefs

Funding for Summer College Credit Brings a Big Payoff for Students – and the Economy

Pell grants are the largest source of financial aid to low-income students, with the goal of encouraging enrollment and completion. But traditional Pell only covers study for the fall and spring terms. Read the research brief.

Preventing College Plans from Melting Away

Students who graduate from high school with a college acceptance in hand are seen to have “made it.” Yet new research is revealing that fewer students than we might expect complete the enrollment process and start their post-secondary education in the fall. Read the research brief.

Rutgers Future Scholars Game Plan

This guide is designed to provide peer institutions with resources, best practices, and recommended steps to assist in developing an effective and impactful college access program for the nation’s most underserved youth, based on the Rutgers Future Scholars (RFS) model. The resources and information contained in this guide are a result of the collaborative efforts of the National Summer Learning Association and Rutgers Future Scholars. Read about the RFS Game Plan. | Read the Assessment Case Study. | Learn why RFS was created.


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