Student Synergy Project
A meaningful self-directed summer project for high school students.
What is the Student Synergy Project?
We have taken everything we have learned is important to student success in our college counseling practice- understanding personal strengths, developing interests, taking an initiative, collaborating with a mentor and finding purpose and created a curriculum for rising freshman, sophomores and juniors. The SSP is a summer program where students will attend group sessions, 1-1 meetings and check-ins focused on creating a project that demonstrates initiative and depth while at the same time learning essential time management and organizational skills they will need in high school and beyond.
What Parents & Students Are Saying
The most important part of the project was learning time management and motivation to do things that I wouldn’t do on my own in the summer.
I learned that I can do so much with my time when I am focused and determined to create something. I always wanted to do so much with my life, but thought that I did not have the motivation or drive to finish anything. However this project has taught me that I am capable of so much.
SSP Participant Parent
Give your high schooler something to do and accomplish over the summer without the stress and pressure.
The Student Synergy Program helped me learn better ways of researching to find the best possible sources. This was the most useful part because it’s applicable for so many situations, especially in school.
SSP Participant Parent
I just wanted to thank you so much for Synergy project the summer. It was an amazing experience for (our student). I think he stretched himself, learned something completely new, and contributed significantly to something greater than himself; all things he would not have done had he not been fortunate enough to be in contact with you. Thank you for all of your patience, encouragement, and guidance.
SSP Participant Parent
I think he was really excited about learning something new and will be proud when he sees the logo he developed on t-shirts around school. I also think the interaction with new adults (not family or teachers or friends) was great.
The best part of the SSP for me was talking to experts and putting myself out to learn more about a topic that interested me.
I learned that writing articles is something I am really passionate about and would love to keep doing it in the future.
I learned that by putting in real time and effort, I can actually create content that I am proud of.
Frequently Asked Questions
Colleges are looking for students who take initiative in their areas of interest. The SSP helps students identify these areas and then helps students demonstrate both initiative and depth. On a college application, students need to be able to tell their story. The SSP works with younger students to start developing their story, one they will build on throughout the rest of high school.
Students evaluate their interests, do some research, talk to experts and then develop a guiding question they want to answer. Students then create a project that combines their interests and makes an impact beyond themselves.
The SSP supports students to take an idea/interest and learn something new. Along the way, students will interview experts, learn valuable technology tools to support executive functioning, receive constructive feedback and present their plan and project. Students do meaningful projects at school, but often times the do not receive the tools to go more in depth or the encouragement to take their ideas further to make an impact.
Student will attend group meetings, participate in 1-1 sessions and have phone check ins. Students will need to put in significant time outside of the meetings to research, plan, and develop their project. This is a student-driven project and it is expected that students will fully engage in the process. This past year students spent and average of 15-25 hours outside of program meetings.
As a result of participating in the Student Synergy Project our evaluations show that all students:
- Prioritized their areas of interest
- Learned something new
- Took initiative
- Learned new strategies/tools for organization and project management
- Had something productive to focus on over the summer
Recent Student Synergy Projects
The Student Synergy Project is a meaningful self-directed summer project for high school students. Below is a completed project by one of the student
The Student Synergy Project is a meaningful self-directed summer project for high school students. Below is a completed project by one of the student participants.Learn more