Summer Transition Advising Programs available for 2024 HIDOE grads

KITV Island News
May 2, 2024

This summer, Hawai’i P-20 Partnerships for Education (Hawai’i P-20) and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) will be partnering for the fifth year to provide 2024 graduates with transition advising services through the Summer Advising Program, previously known as Next Steps.

“The spring months for seniors are known to be a critical time for important decision making, and although some have made their commitments, we are aware that many students who graduate are still leaving high school feeling uncertain about their life plans,” said Lynsey Bow, the Counseling Program Director for Hawai’i P-20.

Those who participate will be connected to a dedicated summer advisor who will provide one-on-one support to ensure that students complete the next step towards their future plans.

Students must sign-up by May 31 and can do so by texting “nextsteps” to 808-458-5550 or by visiting this link. Service dates will vary by high school between June 3, 2024, and July 12, 2024.

“Access to advising support during the summer months ensures each student secures a plan and receives the necessary support to make informed decisions toward their immediate goal after high school,” continued Bow.

Advisors will be able to help students explore all post-high school options which can include applying to college, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aide (FAFSA), along with connecting them to job training and certifications, updating resumes, and addressing any concerns they may have during their transition period.

The Summer Transition Advising Program began as an emergency response to the pandemic to help the class of 2020. Since then, the program has supported more than 4,636 graduating HIDOE seniors.