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Preparing Boston Students for College, Career and Life

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Generation Success works alongside Boston-area schools and educators to not only elevate a shared vision for our students, but better prepare our youth for the future.

Generation Success seeks to equip young people with the tools and resources to discover and explore the universe of opportunities throughout Boston, by engaging families, out-of-school programs, and industry groups.

Goal: Each and every student in Boston graduates high school fully prepared to further their education and achieve success in life as they define it.

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Generation Success campaign efforts support the following:

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MyCAP Challenge

Learn more about this year’s Challenge and how Generation Success works with Boston Public Schools (BPS), counselors, teachers and parents/caregivers to ensure all 7th-12th graders have the tools to set their goals and ultimately complete their My Career & Academic Plan (MyCAP) success plans.

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Program Announcement

Generation Success is excited to announce our list of College, Career and Life Readiness exemplar programs! From building critical thinking to cultivating social awareness, self-efficacy and communication skills – these 70+ programs provide our high schoolers with a multitude of meaningful learning and professional opportunities. Please join us in celebrating these exemplar programs and learn more about their summer and fall offerings for students!

Learn More

Check out our Generation Success brightspot toolkit – Harnessing Boston’s Collective Energy to Prepare Students for College, Career and Life. See how nonprofits, industry groups and educators, like Autodesk, Boston Society for Architecture, Rapid7, Elkus Manfredi Architects, Harvard Medical School – and more – are already empowering and inspiring students through exciting and creative professional opportunities.


Case Study: Architecture, Construction, Engineering (ACE) Mentor ProgramJob site photo

Through a cross-industry partnership amongst Generation Success-aligned programs, Autodesk, Elkus Manfredi Architects, Nitsch Engineering, and Gilbane Building Company, the ACE Mentor Greater Boston Program held its first hybrid online and in-person cohort in August 2022 with eight student interns from across the Boston area. Students and industry professionals collaborated to create solutions to address Boston’s current labor shortage in the construction field – a critical problem impacting many different industries and the future of the workforce.

Together, the high school students, comprising a diverse group from four Boston Public Schools, one Boston private school, one Boston charter school, as well as public schools in Brookline and Somerville, researched key roles in AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) that are most impacted by workforce shortages and then came up with innovative ideas to better market these career opportunities to young people.

To conclude the program, students demonstrated their communication skills by presenting their projects at Wentworth Institute of Technology and sparking a discussion to inspire others to care about this issue and take action.

As a result of these presentations, students earned a communication digital skill badge from Boston After School and Beyond to feature on college applications and/or job resumes. This was the first time Autodesk used this communications badge to develop the curriculum for an internship program. Autodesk plans to replicate the program’s success next year to continue supporting young people and preparing them for college, career and life after high school.


Generation Success Leadership Group

Elizabeth Walczak, Boston Opportunity Agenda
Antoniya Marinova, Success Boston/The Boston Foundation
Samuel Acevedo, Boston HERC
Eric Arnold, Hale Education
Marsha Inniss-Mitchell, Boston Public Schools
Samantha Lord, Elkus Manfredi
Kellyanne Mahoney, Autodesk
Ted McEnroe, The Boston Foundation
Lavonia Montoute, EdVestors
Hal Munger, Elkus Manfredi
Alex Oliver-Davila, Sociedad Latina
Marjorie Ringrose, Smith Family Foundation
Joe Rosenbaum, United Way
Marinelle Rousmaniere, EdVestors
Chris Smith, Boston After School & Beyond
Michelle Sylveria, Boston Public Schools
Jasmine Toussaint, Campus Without Walls