Next Steps to Your Future Initiative

Next Steps to Your Future is for our Hawai‘i’s public high school graduating Class of 2020! Weʻve partnered with University of Hawai’i to create a summer onramp program to engage seniors in transitioning to their post-high plans for careers, and connects soon-to-be graduates to post-secondary education, training, and/or employment. Seniors can get text messages to advise them on next steps and may also take free summer UH Community College classes.


You will receive customized text messages starting in June from a dedicated advisor based on what your plans are for after graduation whether you are enrolling in college, entering the workforce or military or even if you’re still undecided.

The text messages will provide you with information and resources about important tasks to complete during the summer to prepare you for your next steps such as registering for classes if you’re enrolling in college or scheduling an interview if you plan to get a job.

You can communicate directly with your dedicated advisor to ask questions as well as schedule meetings or phone calls to discuss topics that are hard to resolve through just text messaging.

You can also be connected with University of Hawai‘i counselors to answer any college-specific questions you may have.

In addition, eligible students will be sponsored to participate in Free UH Community College Summer Onramp Courses for Career Exploration. These classes will help you focus on your goals, explore your career options, plan future steps and develop skills to be successful in college. There will be different start dates to work with your schedule.

To join, text “nextsteps” to (808) 460-8360 or complete the form below:

Your Full Name - First and Last (required)

Your High School (required)

Your Cell Number (required)

Your Email (required)

Any questions please contact:

Program is only open to Hawaii State Department of Education Class of 2020 students.
Please note: Standard text-messaging rates apply and you are responsible for any costs incurred in receiving texts. You may also opt-out at any time by replying STOP to any text sent.
We promise to not sell, distribute or share it with any third parties, and we promise to keep it safe.
If selected, you will receive texts in the summer of 2020. Your participation in the texting program is completely voluntary and there is no cost to participate.
The program is sponsored by University of Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i P-20.  It is generously funded by UH partners at the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, the Hawai‘i Resilience Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Strada Education Network, and the Stupski Foundation.