Supports for Success

In January 2016, Sherwood Forest launched the Supports for Success program to extend supports beyond 9th grade and prepare Quest program alumni for college and career success.

Designed for youth in grades 10 through 12, Supports for Success helps students learn economic self-sufficiency, forge community connections, and develop strategies for building healthy family and social relationships.

10th grade – Job-Readiness Skill Development

Youth take part in school-year activities that prepare them for summer employment including resume writing workshops, mock interviews, professional etiquette classes, and leadership training. During the summer months, all youth successfully secure employment and continue skill development in the areas of conflict resolution, learning to take direction, and setting success strategies. Some are employed by Sherwood Forest as Counselors-in-Training; others work at seasonal jobs in the community.

11th grade – Financial Literacy and College Preparation

Youth participate in monthly meetings with our Program Manager to continue job skills development, in addition to workshops on financial literacy, saving for the future, and ACT prep. They have the opportunity to visit college campuses throughout the state with their families and receive one-on-one college coaching to discuss postsecondary educational and career goals. These youth also secure summer employment.

12th grade – College Access and Civic Engagement.

Our Program Manager supports youth as they research majors and careers, identify colleges that match their goals, complete the Common Application, write personal statements to accompany college and scholarship applications, complete the FAFSA, and research scholarship opportunities.

Throughout this three-year program sequence, Sherwood Forest aims to provide youth with the life skills and supports needed to be self-sufficient, solve problems, and resolve conflicts. There is a focus on developing healthy social and emotional skills, which enable youth to develop into well-rounded adults and committed members of their communities after successfully completing a postsecondary education program.