SQB Alums Kept Rolling This Fall

Over the past three years, the SquashBusters Post-Secondary Program has expanded its academic, wellness and financial services. We have also built new programs focused on career development and corporate connections, with the intent of better preparing our students for the workforce. With this progress, the SquashBusters Post-Secondary Program is poised for exponential growth over the next five years as new graduates of Boston, Lawrence, and Providence join the tight-knit and supportive SQB alumni community.

This fall, students have faced a unique set of challenges. Nearly 75% of our 115 post-secondary students attended remote courses and studied from home. Many students worked full-time to support their family and cover the financial cost of attending school. Academically, students had access to classroom space in both Boston and Lawrence, and virtual tutor hours through a near peer model that paired Northeastern upperclassmen with SQB students in similar majors. There was also a big focus this fall on physical and mental health, with the launch of two new programs. We were excited to pilot a new partnership with Kick It by Eliza that allowed students to take kickboxing, yoga and cardio classes from his or her own home. Additionally, former SQB staff rejoined the SQB family in a new mentor program that paired staff members with their former students. Staff and students alike have loved reconnecting.

SquashBusters career services took off this past summer and fall. Thirty-five students accessed custom SQB workshops designed in partnership with our corporate sponsors. Across 40 workshops in the past six months, 55 volunteers met with students one-on-one to create and edit resumes, conduct mock interviews, learn about budgeting, and create LinkedIn profiles. A special thank you to J.P. Morgan Chase, Back Bay Life Science Advisors and the SquashBusters Young Leadership Committee for their dedication and involvement in the early stages of SQB career services!

As we carry momentum into 2021, the Post-Secondary team and students are excited to build upon our foundation. In early January, one of our partners, Ernst & Young, will host a career workshops series focused on personal brand and online presence. Pending state and local guidelines, courts will open for post-secondary student access, and everyone is excited to pick up a racquet again. At the same time, students are completing summer 2021 internship applications over winter break. SquashBusters is always looking for new internship partners across a variety of industries. Please reach out if you have opportunities for partnership.