Building bridges between high school, college, and beyond
Atlantic Impact works through four programs:
OUR TOWN INCREASES POSTSECONDARY OUTCOMES for high school students. The program provides career exposure and certifications opportunities in high demand career fields. Our Town prepares students through comprehensive employment readiness, work-based exposure, and career training programs. Our Town also incorporates personalized skill building by providing students with resume development, interview skills, teamwork, leadership, problem solving, and workplace competencies.
Our Town currently provides training in the following career fields:
- The Skilled Trades - Through career training and exposure, students prepare for employment in this high demand field.
- Healthcare - Students gain exposure to a diverse array of healthcare career opportunities.
Through the Our World program, we provide students with a trip abroad that is filled with historical, cultural, and entrepreneurship experiences. During this trip, we connect high school and college students during an immersive global travel experience each summer. During these trips, we pair Atlantic Impact youth with an Our World university student Fellow, creating a once in a lifetime learning and travel experience for each pair. Fellows work with their high school mentees by providing support in the college admissions process, and helping students prepare for life as a future college student. Further, high school students receive university support if they choose to enroll in that partner university upon high school graduation.
THROUGH THE OUR WORLD FELLOWSHIP, Atlantic Impact partners with select universities to provide high school students and university students local and global educational experiences to boost academic, economic, and professional mobility. We provide two study abroad program opportunities:
- Atlantic Impact designs exceptional short-term joint study abroad experiences in Barbados and Trinidad for university and high school students unlike any other program. University students participate in the Our World Fellowship program and, along with completing their university study abroad course, become mentors for high school students. Fellows work with their high school mentees by providing support in the college admissions process, and helping students prepare for life as a future college student. Further, high school students receive university support if they choose to enroll in that partner university upon high school graduation.
- We partner with universities to bring retention focused study abroad programs to their campuses. Our program is designed to attract first generation and underrepresented university and high school students. Atlantic Impact increases the number of first generation and under-represented students who participate in study abroad programs. We know that study abroad participation increases student retention and graduation rates for both high school and university populations.
THROUGH OUR FUTURE, Atlantic Impact provides Case Management support to help students meet academic, economic, and professional goals. Students meet regularly, reflect upon their travels, and design strategies for achieving postsecondary success. Our Future supports students until they complete their college or career goals.