Our approach

Trio's hybrid community partner model combines an accredited online degree program from Southern New Hampshire University with coaching support and expertise from Duet, the longest-standing hybrid community partner.


Trio introduces the hybrid community partner concept to civic and community leaders, K-12 and opportunity youth providers and regional funders in prioritized locales. Trio proceeds if suitable local champions emerge with interest in bringing a site to their community. Local champions and allies form a local Advisory Board to help steer the site.


Together with local partners, Trio recruits a Fellow to lead the potential site. We seek authentic, deeply-rooted emerging local leaders with a passion for the mission.


Trio provides the Fellows' training program and materials for new hybrid community partner sites. Our partner, Duet, provides best practice information, operating tools and an in-person residency opportunity at the Duet site in Boston.


Trio works with the Fellow and local partners to develop the launch plan, including:

  • Branding, website and marketing materials
  • Initial channel partnerships (e.g. K12 and opportunity youth serving nonprofits willing to refer students)
  • Initial student outreach & recruitment plans
  • Initial physical site
  • Initial multi-year budget
  • Pilot cohort of ~5 students before full launch


Once new sites are launched, Trio works with the Executive Director & local advisory board to set and achieve targets for quality, scale, & sustainability.

The Fellow becomes the site Executive Director, reporting to Trio & the local advisory board. The Fellow also maintains contact with the Duet team after launch. The site joins the Trio Network and has access to shared learnings from other Trio-launched sites and leaders.

Trio’s national operations group provides HR, budgeting, fundraising, and recruiting support to ensure experience and efficiency at launch. Trio maintains the national Network of sites to facilitate shared success among Fellows.