Support Services

Hartford Youth Scholars (HYS) is committed to providing 10 years of support services to our Scholars. The Support Services Department understands that getting into a good school is a crucial first step, but long-term success requires sustained commitment from Scholars, their families as well as continued support from Hartford Youth Scholars’ staff.

Support Services is designed to help all Scholars who have completed the Steppingstone Academy Hartford to excel academically in high school, participate in enriching extracurricular activities, and graduate from college, career ready.

Types of Support

Academic Monitoring

Each Scholar is assigned an HYS advisor who works closely to ensure the Scholar has transitioned and adjusted well to his/her new schools. Advisors monitor Scholars’ academic and social progress, and will meet with each Scholars’ school advisor regularly throughout the school year.


HYS understands the importance of spending time with Scholars to build a trusting and lasting relationship. Our advisors visit the Scholars periodically throughout the school year. Visits include weekends, as well as sporting and school events.

College Readiness Workshops and Tutoring

Workshops, such as Dealing with Change, Time Management, Organizational Skills, College and Financial Aid Search, High School is Over: Now What?, Leadership, How to Win an Interview, Common Application, College 101, and Reputation and Identity are a few of the workshops offered to ensure that Scholars have competitive, well-rounded college applications. Academic tutors are available to work with Scholars upon their request.

College Guidance

Advisors provide Scholars and families with individualized college assistance. Services include SAT Prep, college research and tours, writing recommendations, essay assistance, scholarship and financial aid research, and summer planning.

Special Events

Support Services holds special activities throughout the year such as community service projects, social events, educational trips, and class reunions so that Scholars can reconnect with HYS and each other.