Moving Forward Together

Moving Forward Together fosters opportunities for the creation of meaningful relationships between the students of Elizabethtown College and the students of the Milton Hershey School that promote academic achievement, emotional development, and contributions to the community.

Program Overview:

The Moving Forward Together program pairs Elizabethtown College students with high school students at the Milton Hershey School. First year college students are paired with 9th grade students, and they remain paired together throughout all four years. Students participate in both monthly group activities and individual activities, which range from dinners to campus visits to off-campus events. 

First year program key topics include:

  • Academic expectations
  • Community engagement
  • Emotion/social development
  • Being away from home
  • Managing transitions
  • Decision making
  • Time management
  • Organizational skills

Upper class program key topics include:

  • Academic expectations
  • Career/vocational choices
  • Health and nutritional Education
  • Community engagement
  • Communication skills
  • Adolescent development
  • Conflict resolution


Students in Moving Forward Together will be required to:

  • Attend an orientation meeting
  • Provide copies of required clearances, please see note below
  • Attend 5 activities with Milton Hershey School students during each semester
  • Communicate with your MHS mentee weekly between meetings
  • Attend scheduled trainings and workshops
  • Complete an evaluation/survey
  • Prepare a 1 page reflection paper at the end of the program each school year

Note: A Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance, PA Criminal History Records Check, FBI clearance, and the viewing of an online training video about working with minors must all be completed. For information to obtain clearances and minor training see Forms and Resources Page.