Second Year Success Program

The Office of Student Organizations and Activities is delighted to announce the inaugural year of our “Second Year Success Program.”  Colleges and universities dedicate a huge amount of time and resources to acclimate first year students.  However, the same consideration is not given to second year students, leaving them open to questions of belonging and identity.  The second year is a time to for students to begin to focus on career choices, as well as explore their skills, values, and interests in hopes of finding a path that brings all those pieces together.  Second year students are honing in on their sense of purpose and this program will harness that while creating opportunities for meaningful interactions between students, faculty, and staff.  As part of the program, students will participate in core workshops, self-selected experiences, self-reflection, identity exploration, career exploration, goal setting, and coaching.  Not only will this move the students down their path of focused exploration, but it will also help us to build and foster a supportive community on our campus. 

If I sign up, what are my goals?

  • A deeper understanding of self through workshops and reflection
  • A commitment to involvement and leadership on campus through co-curricular and extracurricular experiences
  • Engage in academic and career exploration through intentional conversations with leadership coaches and career advising
  • Develop a plan for future involvement experiences
  • Connect students with one another and build a strong, supportive network of students, staff, and faculty at the University of Kentucky

What do I have to do to complete the program?

  • Attend 5 core workshops:
    • Financial Wellness
    • CliftonStrengths
    • Personal Values and Community
    • Identity and Inclusion
    • Beyond the Classroom (focus on High Impact Practices and Experiential Education)  
  • Participate in 3 self-selected experiences on campus
    • Workshops
    • Leadership Programs
    • Leadership Roles
    • Events with a focus on learning
  • Meet with a leadership coach at least 2 times each semester
  • Meet with an involvement advisor (peer involvement coach)
  • Meet with a career advisor (program specific appointment)
  • Engage in reflection via Paths on BBNvolved
  • Complete a second year success plan
  • Demonstrate involvement on campus or engagement in the campus community

If I sign up, what outcomes can I expect and what incentives will I receive?

All student participants will:

  • Identify goals related to career and involvement success on campus
  • Develop a second year success plan
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their personality, beliefs, strengths, and interests through intentional reflection
  • Develop collaborative relationships that will foster a sense of engagement and belonging at the University of Kentucky
  • Receive a monthly newsletter outlining second year specific events, programs, and opportunities to engage with the campus community
  • Gain access to a staff or faculty leadership coach and peer involvement advisor
  • Engage in professional development opportunities specific to second year students
  • Have the opportunity to complete a leadership certificate, and will be recognized at the LeadBlue Student Organization Awards
  • Potential monetary stipend upon completion of the program

Who is eligible?

The program is open to
any second year student in that they have completed at least two semesters of academic coursework at UK or another institution of Higher Education. If you are not a second year student, but are interested in participating or getting more information, please contact Jessica at

I am all in! How do I apply?

Fill out the application on BBNvolved indicating your interest in the program.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and students will be notified of their participation. A kickoff orientation will take place at the beginning of each semester to help students learn more about the program requirements and meet their leadership coach and peer involvement advisor.

Apply here:

I am a faculty or staff member and think this initiative is fantastic!  I want to get involved.  How do I do that?

Connecting with faculty and staff is a critical component of student retention and success, so your involvement is key.  The leadership coach application is on BBNvolved. Leadership coaches will
second year students progress through critical stages of development, assist in setting goals, and serve as a connection to the university.  You will be the students' resource and guide as they navigate the new and occasionally tumultuous world of focused exploration.

Apply here:

What is my time commitment as a Leadership Coach?

  • Meet with their student at least twice a semester.
  • Attend the Leadership Coaches training.
  • Participate in two semester check-ins on Friday, October 25, 2019 and Friday, December 13, 2019