GPS provides support to students who face challenges in the academic environment including first generation college students, students who speak English as a second language, foster care youth and students who are actively parenting and/or working while being students. Through the GPS Group model students receive additional support and connection that they need to address challenges and develop resilience necessary for success. The results are obvious. Students thrive and accomplish their goals! GPS can be led by student leaders or professionals. GPS for Academic Success is being successfully integrated into existing support programs, academic classes and mental health services.

I’m the first one in my family to go to college and it’s really hard. My family is proud of me but they don’t get why I can’t be there for them the way I used to be. My GPS group is a place where I can talk about that, de-stress and remember why I’m here.

First Year Undergraduate Student

I struggle with balancing it all. I’m a parent, I have to work full-time and I’m going to school. I know I’m doing the right thing but sometimes I want to give up.  At my GPS group I realize I’m not the only one going through this. We support each other and encourage each other to keep going towards what we really want. I’m not sure I could do this without them.

Social Work Graduate Student