Program Rationale

The transition from high school to “what’s next” can cause significant stress and can contribute to mental illness and suicide. When surveyed, 87% of college freshmen said that in high school, there is much more focus on being academically ready than emotionally ready. College students who did not have confidence in their emotional preparation had lower GPAs and were more likely to abuse alcohol and other drugs than their better prepared peers.

4 What’s Next meets young adults where they are developmentally, equipping them with transferable skills that can help bridge the gap between “now” and “next.” 4 What’s Next is a primary prevention program that increases protective factors in a universal, upstream approach to suicide prevention. Building psychological resiliency in high school will better prepare our young adults “4 what’s next.”


The Jordan Porco Foundation partnered with the Jed Foundation and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to complete a groundbreaking survey about mental health and the transition to college. The survey was fielded online by Harris Poll among 1,502 U.S. first-year college students between March 25 and April 17, 2015. Survey respondents were students 17-20 years old, graduated from high school, are in the second term of their first year at college, and attending at least some classes in-person at a 2-year or 4-year college.

For complete survey results and methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, visit