Student Success Agency kicked off its nationwide tour in the Grand Canyon State this August. Over a week, the SSA Team visited 4 of our Arizona GEAR UP schools: Youngker High School, Buckeye Union High School, Amphitheater High School, and Tonopah Valley High School.
Student Success Agency is an organization dedicated to providing resources and support for high school students by connecting them with “agents” that serve as student mentors. The process begins with students sharing their interests and goals with SSA, who then works to match them up with the right agent. Agents are typically college-aged students or young professionals in specific fields that match what students are looking to pursue.
SSA kicked off its nationwide tour this week at Youngker High School in Phoenix, Arizona! 🔥
— Student Success Agency (@successagencyco) August 22, 2023
During their visits, SSA hosted two presentations per school, one for sophomores and juniors and one for seniors. Current SSA agents hosted the sessions and shared who they are and what SSA offers. As the presentations progressed, you could see more and more students begin to relate and invest in what they had to say. By the end of the presentation, you could see the shift of students looking to sign up. Students scanned QR Codes to sign up and approached the presenters to discuss SSA.
Additionally, SSA spent lunch at the schools interacting with students and answering their questions. At Amphitheater High School, the GEAR UP room was filled with students hanging out and speaking to the SSA team. The welcoming environment encouraged students to be themselves and, at one point, had students dancing and laughing with SSA.
One of the many highlights from the week was when one Amphitheater student was introduced to his agent for the first time in person. The cherry on top? His agent is an Arizona GEAR UP Alum who graduated from Youngker High School.
The SSA Kick-off is an annual event that encourages students to connect with an agent to help them prepare for life after high school. The program is free for Arizona GEAR UP students and supports a variety of career pathways.