Next Steps

Next Steps is our three-day-a-week college and career preparatory program for close to 150 high school juniors and seniors, college students, as well as students who are transitioning to college or post-secondary options. Weekly workshops, tutoring and Saturday painting help students to achieve their college and career goals. 

Activities
  • Students receive weekly tutoring and S.A.T. preparation.
  • College workshops offer intensive one-on-one guidance with college selection and applications. Students are also counseled through admissions and financial aid applications. Our program manager ensures that students apply to schools with generous financial aid programs and that each student accesses every possible source of support.
  • Next Steps students participate in multi-day, multi-campus tours throughout the Northeast in the fall and spring. Recent trips included Seton Hall, Albright College, Morgan State, University of Maryland at Baltimore, and the Maryland Institute of Art. These tours make higher education a reality for young people who would not otherwise be able to envision this opportunity and all the advantages it promises.
  • Career skills activities include résumé development, job shadowing, interviewing skills, and workforce readiness workshops.
  • Next Steps participants receive stipends for their Saturday painting work, honing their painting skills, and mentoring younger students.
Impact
  • Next Steps helps close to 150 at-risk youth to identify and achieve college and car
  • 85% of Publicolor students graduated from high schools on time—compared to 42% of their peers
  • 76% of our students went to college. Nationally, only 35% of students with backgrounds similar to Publicolor students go to college.
  • 88% of last year’s non-graduating college students returned to college compared with the national average of 65% for first generation students.
  • Close to 70% of our Next Steps students expect to continue their education after college; when this program was established seven years ago, few aspired even to go to college.
  • 65% of our students use the commercial painting skills they learned from us to help defray college costs.

For more information, contact Jose Figueroa, Next Steps Manager