UMass Boston

Talent Search Program


The Talent Search Program provides outreach, individual guidance, group training and counseling in areas of educational and personal planning,and financial assistance for post-secondary training. Our program places a strong focus on developing skill-building techniques to promote academic and personal persistence. The program provides career assessments to increase career awareness, and also offer opportunities to explore various career options, through visits to post-secondary institutions, participation in the annual TRIO Day student conference and in our five-week summer academic enrichment program.

The majority of services are provided on-site at the target schools within a classroom/workshop setting. Students and parents are also encouraged to make appointments at our school office or at the UMass Boston campus office after school hours or during school vacation.

How much does it cost?

All services and activities are provided FREE of cost to participants and their families. The program operates with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

What benefits does a student receive from participating in Talent Search?

Middle School

  • Career awareness and career counseling
  • Disability awareness
  • Early college awareness
  • Financial literacy
  • High school planning and visits
  • Self-esteem building
  • Study skills

High School

  • Career and educational counseling
  • College fairs and visits
  • College planning and admissions assistance
  • Disability awareness and self-advocacy skills
  • Financial aid awareness and planning
  • Self-assessment skill building
  • Study skills training and tutoring