NITEO is an intensive, one-semester program supporting young adults who live with a mental health condition to develop wellness tools, academic skills, resilience, and work-readiness. Since its inception in 2014, hundreds of students have graduated from the program and moved on to thrive in higher education and meaningful work.
The NITEO curriculum provides students with opportunities to:
- Practice and develop wellness and resiliency skills to help them live well at school and work.
- Examine their educational, vocational, and social strengths and values.
- Develop an individualized path to choose, get and keep the valued roles of their choice.
All classes are held at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University and enrolled students have access to various other University resources including the Fitness and Recreation Center.
NITEO students attend wellness and academic classes to build skills for collegiate, work, and personal success, while building lasting relationships with same-age peers.
Each fall (September-December) and spring (January-May) semester, 15-20 students apply and are invited to participate in NITEO. The semester-long program, is a simulation of the college experience where students have opportunities to:
- attend wellness and academic classes to build skills for collegiate, work, and personal success
- build lasting relationships with same-age peers and supports
- work one-on-one with an assigned College Coach for individualized support around a host of academic, vocational, social, and wellness areas
Classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and coaching is typically scheduled after classes on one of those days. The fall and spring semesters run 15 weeks, beginning with one full week of orientation and ending with an end-of-semester Open House celebration. The fee for the fall or spring semester of NITEO – classes and coaching – is $12,000. Financial assistance through the Center may be available to students and families based on need, as we do not work with insurance companies.
To continue to advance in their college degree programs, students often enroll in a college course while they are in NITEO. Though students do not receive college credit for NITEO, we are often able to provide institutions of higher education and work with valuable insight on students’ classroom participation and performance as an indicator of their readiness to return to college. This is one of many reasons why NITEO is a valued opportunity for students and their families. For more information about the program, contact College Mental Health Education Program Directors Chelsea Cobb at firstname.lastname@example.org (857) 337-4548 and Paul Cherchia at email@example.com (857) 225-0203
The College Mental Health Education Programs present two summer term options. Each semester is a 6-week intensive, in-person learning experience dedicated to building collegiate resilience, community, wellness, and readiness for higher education.
Summer NITEO classes, peer-led social activities, and supportive study halls meet four days/week, Monday-Thursday. Core classes engage students in group projects and learning as well as critical academic skills like writing and presenting. Individualized College Coaching is also built into the program offering one-on-one support and planning for successful re-entry to college.
Summer NITEO is $5000 per semester, and financial assistance through the Center may be available to students and families based on need, as we do not work with insurance companies.
The process for applying to NITEO and NITEO Summer is the same. Eligible applicants, young adults ages 18-24 living with a mental health condition, and members of their support team (e.g., families), are encouraged to visit with the College Mental Health Education Programs Directors, Chelsea Cobb, and Paul Cherchia, to learn about the program and other College Mental Health Education Programs (CMHEP) offered at the Center.
After the initial meeting, students submit the CMHEP application and schedule a follow-up meeting with the directors to further discuss personal, educational, and wellness interests and goals. Applicants may also be invited to attend subsequent interviews with other NITEO staff.
Formal acceptance letters are provided to students invited to join the program. These students are also asked to submit a deposit to confirm their spot in the program. Candidates who are not accepted are referred to other resources and programming that might better meet their current needs.