Onward College Support

Helping students gain acceptance to college is only part of HEAF’s work. Our commitment to students’ success remains strong once they enter college. HEAF’s support around college persistence is a key factor of success for our students, especially those of color, to stay and graduate college. We facilitate our participants’ college experience with gestures as small as sending care packages or as significant as visiting students on campus.

Our Onward College Support Program provides first-generation college students with the continuing social, emotional, career, and community support they need to make the transition to college and to complete their undergraduate studies. Onward™ also serves as a support network for HEAF’s college graduates.

HEAF’s Onward Program for College Students

  • Social and emotional support for first-generation and underrepresented college students
  • Linkage to summer internships and fellowships for college students
  • Guidance in graduate school application and selection
  • One-on-one mentoring opportunities
  • Care-packages and regular correspondence with Onward students
  • Career counseling and mentoring
  • Professional development workshops
  • College visits
  • Networking
  • HEAF Specific internship and job opportunities
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities

HEAF Onward Student Opportunities

In addition, there are regularly scheduled Onward activities and networking events during the winter and summer months to help them as they move from college to graduate school or professional careers.

Summer College Transition Series

These transition to college workshops are aimed at our Freshman Class the summer before their first year of college! We cover a range of topics focused on how to be successful and navigating the first year of college.

Organization, Study Techniques & Campus Resources

Networking & Balancing a Social Life

Coping & Self-Care

Understanding Failure & Building Resilience

HEAF Winter Conference

College freshmen and sophomores participate in series of workshops revolving around topics on the college experience, leadership, career readiness, and personal development. Workshops are facilitated by New York City professionals with expertise in the topics offered as well as HEAF program staff. Students are organized into specific workshop tracks based on their academic year.

Personal & Professional Branding

Resume Building

Mock Interviewing

College Internship & Job Fair