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From start to finish – career exploration, college search, personal essay editing, application support – we help you build the confidence and skills you’ll need for your next step to college, grad school, or career.


Our seminars and workshops are designed to help students, families, and organizations. We cover key topics: careers and STEM, application strategies, managing your timeline, stress reduction, writing skills, financial aid, scholarships, internship search, and more.


Our clients are as diverse as the high-quality consulting services we offer. YCC’s developmental approach encourages self-direction, initiative, organization and planning, creativity, independence, and critical thinking skills.

Our Vision

Every person on earth is inspired toward lifelong learning and community enrichment.


Our Mission

To empower and engage clients to reach their highest potential.

About Us

YCC offers excellence in educational consulting, personal coaching, seminars and thought leadership. We help students, mostly teens and young adults, discover their unique strengths and talents, explore career options and college majors, and develop the skills to lead them to personal fulfillment and career prosperity. We do this through a focus on “the self” as a key part in the larger world community. We encourage strong academics with a preference toward “engaged education” – active involvement in the learning process through hands-on coursework, internships, and employment.

Covid-19 Response: In an abundance of caution for our community, YCC currently offers services on a virtual basis. 

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Karen KugelKaren Kugel, Director, YCC

A Message From The Director:

Dear Clients, Colleagues, Friends, and Families, 

Do you know who has the best job? Me. Seriously. I work with all types of interesting students and young adults when they are defining who – and what – they want to be in the world.

No two clients are alike; each one is amazing.

Through a developmental approach and engaged learning, our expert YCC team helps build the “know how” so that our clients can succeed.

I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity of serving young people at this pivotal time in their lives.

Karen Kugel, Ed.M., CPS, CSCS

Struggling with Writing?

Check out our short and insightful “How to” tips on Living and Learning. Karen Kugel, YCC director, offers advice on “How to Write an Effective Personal Essay, Part 1”

How to Write a Standout Personal Essay, Part 1

Quotation MarkKaren's experience in so many areas helped her appreciate how my son had special talents that could be used in the marketplace. This really streamlined the whole college major and career choice process. Quotation Mark

—Carol & John, Medfield, MA

Quotation MarkEveryone on the YCC team truly understands teens and enjoys working with
Quotation Mark

—Sherelle M., Cambridge, MA

Quotation MarkThis is such a stressful process. Karen created options and organization to make it so much easier. Quotation Mark

—Louise T., Bedford, MA

Quotation MarkYCC took a holistic approach with my three kids. It really worked! Quotation Mark

—The Belden Family, Framingham, MA

Quotation MarkKaren understands young adults. She challenges them, but in a fun way. Quotation Mark

—Jean S., Mattapoisett, MA



Let’s talk.
We want to hear all about your dreams for a great college or career experience. Our expert educational consulting, college admissions counseling, and career coaching can help make dreams a reality. We offer customized services to meet your individual, group, or organizational needs.

Call our office:
Karen Kugel, director: (978) 331-0603

Email us through the YCC message box or at:

Office hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT.
Evening & weekend hours: Call or email us for an appointment.
We conveniently offer phone, online services and/or conferencing via Zoom.

Postal address:
Youth College Connections
60 Thoreau Street, Suite 191
Concord, MA USA  01742

Service areas:
Main: Boston-metro region
Worldwide: by appointment via phone, email, or Zoom.

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