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 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 kick-off event on August 16, 2020 and a program check-in January 2021
  • Attend SYSP monthly meetings
    • Once a month for at least 1 hour
    • Meetings focus on leadership, values, belonging, social, campus involvement, and their future
  • Meet with a Leadership Coach at least 3 times per semester
  • Meet with an Involvement Advisor at least once
  • Career Requirements
    • Meet with a Career Advisor in the Stuckert Career Center for a 30-minute program specialized appointment once a semester
    • Create a resume and get it reviewed by a Career Advisor
    • Attend any Career or Internship Fair on-campus
  • Engage in reflection via Paths on BBNvolved
  • Involvement in on-campus or engagement in the campus community
    • Opportunities may include student organization involvement, volunteering, internship, research, on-campus job, etc.

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 regular second year communication with 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 Award

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 Alli 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.

If you're interested in becoming a Leadership Coach, apply here:

What is my time commitment as a Leadership Coach?

  • Meet with their student at least three times a semester.
  • Attend the Leadership Coaches training
  • Participate: Leadership Coaches check-ins