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YCC believes that students today need to be ready for the rapid changes in technology, globalization, and workforce development. If students are to prosper and be fulfilled in their lives and careers, they need to be actively engaged in this process of life-long learning, skill proficiency, relationship building, financial awareness, cultural sensitivity, environmental respect, and team collaboration. In the 21st century, amidst rapid and sometimes even disruptive change, this is how work will be done, individuals will thrive, families will gain strength, and communities will prosper. Like it or not, though our roots may be local, our community reaches around the world.

Every person in the world community has the right to become the best that they can be. YCC understands the challenges and strives to support young people in achieving their dreams. We do this through a mix of innovative developmental approaches, customized for each individual, or for each group’s particular objectives.

 We are committed to preparing our youth for the millennium and beyond.

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“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” 
 — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Karen Kugel

Karen Kugel

Karen Kugel, Ed.M., CPS, CSCS, is director of Youth College Connections, a Massachusetts-based business partner of Brzycki Consulting Group (and The Center for the Self in Schools Karen has 20 years of experience in training, management, marketing research and educational consulting. Karen is a Beirne Memorial Foundation Scholar and holds a masters's degree in human development from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She graduated with honors in psychology (focus in counseling and urban studies) from Rutgers University. She is a certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS), a peer support specialist (CPS), and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the National Association for Admission Counseling (NACAC).

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We are deeply committed to protecting your privacy and take all reasonable steps to secure all data and information supplied to Youth College Connections. We protect your privacy in a variety of ways including using industry accepted security measures to safeguard against the loss, misuse, and alteration of your data. Any information submitted to us including (but not limited to) phone numbers, email address, and mailing address will never be shared with vendors, solicitors, or unauthorized parties. We adhere to the policies and ethics of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).


Quotation MarkWorking with the counselors at YCC really made a positive difference in me. I learned that I could handle the tasks with just a bit of guidance and organization.Quotation Mark

—Adam L., Lexington, MA