As a U.S. Department of Education TRIO program, Talent Search assists high school students who have the potential to succeed in college, especially those with financial need and those who will be the first in their families to attend college. Advisors work with students to encourage them to complete high school and college or other postsecondary education programs.
Talent Search activities are specially designed to engage students and families that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education. We especially want to help students with limited English proficiency, students with disabilities, students in foster care, those aging out of the foster care system, and other disconnected students.
In Boston and Brockton schools, Talent Search is sponsored by American Student Assistance (ASA). We work to help students succeed with age-appropriate activities to increase college knowledge, financial literacy, and academic rigor. ASA provides curriculum and materials for classroom workshops, school-wide events, and off-site enrichment opportunities. We work with each school’s Guidance team so students get extra help, including:
More Than Four Years
Our program for success starts before high school and doesn’t stop at graduation. Before high school, rising 9th graders focus on successful transition to high school, getting involved in their school community, and developing good study skills and self-management strategies.
9th grade students focus on setting themselves up for success by starting with a strong academic foundation and gaining understanding of how graduation requirements align with college admission requirements. They also learn fundamental personal finance concepts and develop strategies for self-regulated learning based on identifying their own learning styles and strengths and giving consideration to time management and motivation.
Sophomores explore what it means to be career and college ready, participating in activities such as resume writing, mock interviews and job shadow experiences while building their understanding of salaries and credit.
Juniors get more deeply involved with the choices they have regarding college, career, and financing options as they engage with testing requirements and the Mass Transfer & Commonwealth Commitment pathways. We help them develop college lists, strengthen research skills and practice writing by preparing scholarship applications, and help them understand and manage the cost of college.
During senior year, participants work to prepare personal statements, complete applications, submit FAFSA and CSS Profile applications, review award letters, understand term bills, grants, scholarships, and student loan management – all while staying on track to graduate from high school.
Even after graduation, college-bound students will continue to receive notifications from program staff, reminding them of critical steps before college and helping connect with on-campus resources.
Students at Brighton High School, Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH), West Roxbury Academy, and Urban Science Academy are eligible to participate. To apply, parents and students should talk to a Talent Search Education Advisor at their school.
Students at Brockton High School are eligible. Parents and students should apply through Green Guidance. For additional information, visit the Brockton High School Educational Talent Search page.
Different groups run the Talent Search program at schools around the country. Check with your high school or middle school advisors and teachers to find out if you’re eligible.
Ms. Arthur has worked with Talent Search since 2006. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College. She has over 16 years of management experience, including serving as Program Manager for Kids to College, a national early college awareness program, College Knowledge Prep, a college preparation program for students in grades 10-12 and the Bell Foundation, a non profit organization focused on providing supplemental academic programs and youth development programs to elementary and middle school children in Boston, New York and Washington D.C.
Ms. Arthur was the first in her family to graduate from college.
Mr. Dort (firstname.lastname@example.org) advises students at the Community Academy of Science and Health. He holds a Master’s Degree in Math Education from Mercy College, and is seeking a Doctoral Degree in Urban Educational Leadership at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Prior to joining Talent Search, Mr. Dort worked for the University of Massachusetts, Boston at Project Reach, where he provided math instruction to low income and first generation college students. Mr. Dort is fluent in French and Haitian Creole and was a participant in a TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program. His favorite part of college was becoming friends with all kinds of people.
Ms. George has been with Talent Search since 2014. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from the Antigua & Barbuda International Institute of Technology and Executive Diploma in Management from the University of the West Indies. Prior to joining Talent Search, she worked for 18 years at a local law firm as the Practice Manager, where she was responsible for the day to day operations. Ms. George also has over six years volunteer experience in working with teens through her church.
Ms. Kimball oversees both Talent Search and GEAR UP in multiple sites across Boston Public Schools. She holds a BS from Lesley University in Cambridge, and MA and an M.Ed. from the University of Bristol in Bristol, England. Prior to joining ASA, Ms. Kimball had 15 years of education experience in public schools, community-based organizations, cultural institutions, health centers and private industry. Her favorite memories from college include taking apart small kitchen appliances for an interdisciplinary teaching methods course and being a math tutor as her campus work-study job.
Ms. Mercado (email@example.com) was a participant in the Brockton High School Talent Search program and now holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Wheaton College. Before she joined the Talent Search program in 2014, Ms. Mercado worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she monitored mentor/mentee matches and collected data from them on a regular basis. Additionally, she has six years’ experience working as a youth counselor with urban youth from ages 6 to 12. Ms. Mercado is fluent in Spanish and English, and currently works as the Education Advisor for grades 11 & 12.
Ms. Rateau-Laguerre (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been advising students at at Urban Science Academy and West Roxbury Academy since 2010. She also has over four years of teaching experience in grades 8-11. She is fluent in French Creole and can read and understand both French and Spanish. Meeting people from all over the world and interning at Boston Latin for her major in Education were her favorite things about college.
Ms. Rau oversees the effective implementation of day-to-day activities by providing support to the education advisors and serving as a liaison between the program and target schools’ administration. She also provides assistance with planning college tours and career events for both Talent Search and GEAR UP education advisors. Her favorite thing about college was living on campus and making life-long friends.
Mr. St. Germain (email@example.com) is the newest member of the Brockton Educational Talent Search team. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing. He served as the marketing intern for Talent Search in the summer of 2016, and now works as an Education Advisor for the 9th and 10th grade students. As a student at UMass Amherst, Guimard was highly involved on campus. He held an executive role in many different organizations, which helped him hone his skills in communication, marketing, and event planning, all of which he applies in his work with the students at Brockton High. Guimard has discovered a passion for working with students, and helping them realize their dreams and unlock their potential; he is excited to see what his work as an Education Advisor has in store for him.
Ms. Vang-Segala (firstname.lastname@example.org), who holds a Bachelor’s in Education Studies from Brown University, advises students at Brighton High School. Prior to joining Talent Search, she worked as a with College Advising Corps Boston, where she provided college application assistance to high school seniors, and as a Youth Leadership Coordinator with Social Capital Inc. at the Asian American Civic Association where she helped youth develop leadership skills through civic engagement initiatives. Her favorite thing about college: Being given the space, time, and opportunity to learn about herself and become who she wanted to be both personally and intellectually.