Next Step:
College Success

A college prep program for teens with social language challenges and social anxiety

Who is Next Step For?

Next Step is designed to help students with social language and anxiety challenges prepare for college. The program serves as a simulation for independent living.

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Ages 16-20

Juniors and seniors in high school, or students who have recently graduated.

Young Adults on the Spectrum

Including ASD, Non-verbal Learning Disorder (NLD), or related learning differences.

College-Bound Students

High school students who are serious about pursuing higher education.

Recent Sessions

Experience A Week In College

Date & Time: Sunday, July 17th - Friday, July 22nd  

Cost: $3000/student (refundable $600 deposit with remaining balance of $2400 due on 7/1)

Location: Boston College 

Participants will live in a dormitory with a roommate and suitemates, have meals in the dining hall, participate in lessons and discussions on academic and mental health supports in college, learn executive functioning strategies, learn about dating & relationships, develop mental health coping strategies, enjoy off campus excursions, and learn how to handle the downtime in college

Vaccination and proof of negative COVID test prior to program required, masks will be contingent on local and state guidance as well as Boston College and MBTA policies, at the time of the program.

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Our Approaches For
College Success

Making A Difference

Success Stories

My son emerges from these sessions feeling more confident and competent and I, as a parent, emerge feeling like I can slow down, appreciate my child, and take some of the pressure off of both of us. I leave the Next Step sessions with a fresh perspective, realizing that my son's differences can also be considered his strengths.

A profoundly life-changing experience- I now believe in myself and my ability to be successful at the college level as well as whatever the next step happens to become.

Next Step provides a valuable, thoughtful, and practical bridge for families making the transition from high school to college.

It's amazing how many successes my daughter has had in a relatively small amount of time. I've gone from worrying whether she'd survive high school and graduate to how am I going to afford four years of college. It's a good worry!


What To Expect

Students leave Next Step with
crucial life skills.

We ensure both students, and their parents, complete our program feeling confident and prepared for the next step. We meet each participant where they are at and continuously provide support and guidance to parents to ensure students are fully prepared to commit to a college experience.


Your Future
Starts Here

Social challenges shouldn’t prevent anyone from attending college. Build the skills needed to chart your own best course through Next Step and pursue a future that’s right for you.