Succeed a College Transition Program 

Succeed was created to help Youth Ministries and Churches to addresses the loss of Christian high school graduates as they hit the college campus.  It integrated YTN's faith loss research with the top three reasons Ohio State University Research says college freshmen do not make it through their freshmen year in order to holistically prepare our high school graduates for what lies ahead.  Ohio States findings are integrated with YTN's qualitative research that points to Freedom, Loneliness and Culture Shock as primary factors in faith loss.



Ohio State Findings for the Freshmen Drop Out Rate

1) Social Change

2) Change in Academic Protocol

3) Financial Management


Today Research Indicates that:


As educators we want students to succeed when they graduate. Research from Ohio State University, UCLA and YTN, the creator of Succeed, indicates that the vast majority of young people today are not prepared for the change, stress and responsibility of life on their own. Combined, these forces can lead to culture shock which can result in compromise and failure as our students leave home and seek a place to fit in on campus, military or in the work force.


The sessions in live events and the DVD series run approximately 35 minutes and begins with college student video interviews that opens our student's eyes to the challenges ahead.  these student videos are followed by practical content from a variety of subject matter experts. Watch a sample student video from Succeed below.  Succeed helps students see what is ahead and reevaluate the freedom they will have. 

Students report that Succeed helped them see for the first time how being involved in a church or college ministry will help them succeed academically on campus. Parents report that watching Succeed with their high school junior or senior impacted their kid deeply and lead to conversations that were not possible without Succeed.

Succeed Program Information

Succeed is a fast paced event utilizing student videos and either live speakers or video presentations with live Q & A designed to open students eyes to the facts that the transition will be challenging. The decisions students make in the first days away from home will shape the direction of their first year of college and possibly their college career.


The event has 4 to 7 sessions depending upon the audience, format and time availability. These sessions are designed to prepare students and help parents enter valuable conversations with their students around vital transition topics including:


Change, Challenges and Stress (Jeff Schadt)

This session addresses the social change, which according to Ohio State is the #1 reason freshmen do not make it through their first year in college and what leads students to compromise their faith in the first days on campus.


Realties of the Research (Brian Raison or Jeff Schadt)

This session challenges students by bringing the realities of the transition research from UCLA, Ohio State and YTN home to them to motivate them to connect to ministries on campus.


Time Trap: Academic Success (Dave Weber)

Free time on campus is the number one killer of students both academically and socially.


Money Matters (Chris Renzelman or Jeff Schadt)

This session will make clear that money management is vital to avoid the third reason students do not make it past their freshmen year.


College Student Panel (College Students)

College students will be on hand to answer questions from the audience related to the transition to college and college ministries.


Great Expectations (Jeff Schadt)

Many students struggle with the sense of not measuring up to perceived expectations.


Connecting for Success

It is often the relationships that students create in the days following graduation and leaving home that will set their course.

 To learn more about these sessions download the Succeed PDF