Purposely.org is an educational non-profit that provides life and career coaching to college students and young adults. We help students align their career goals with a deeper sense of life purpose.

Self-Direction and the Art of Growing Up

"What am I going to do with my life?"
"What should I major in?"
"Where should I go to school?"
"What career should I pursue?"

These are some important questions, but how do we really answer life's biggest questions? At purposely.org, it's about the process of self-direction--taking charge of our own learning, taking charge of our own long-term outcomes, taking charge the changes we need to make to be the kind of person we've always imagined we would become. When we engage in this deeply reflective process of self-direction and tap into who we are and the kind of person we want to become new pathways emerge.
  • Align your life with your deepest values
  • Identify life issues and chart a path ahead
  • Stay on track and stick with it through difficult times
  • Process stress in a context of encouragement

Chart Your Course

Purposely.org provides mentoring for students through a program of carefully crafted self-directed peer learning groups which enhance a student's sense of self-direction.

Carve some Space

Go to college. Get a degree. Start a career. Live happily ever after... For many of us the path isn't nearly that simple and straight. Life's trail is winding and, at times, steep. Figuring life out can certainly seem overwhelming. We all need some space to catch up and for the direction of our lives to come into focus. Our peer groups provide some of that space. In a peer group we create protected time to help us identify the things we need to work on and then to chart a pathway to help us do the things we need to do. We engage in this process together with a group of friends and guided by a coach.

Know You're Not Alone

While you don't have to have your whole life planned out by the time you're 21, life starts coming at you fast. You're being expected to make consequential decisions about the direction of your life—decisions about your long term career path and professional goals, but also decisions about finances, money management and debt, and relationships!--It's a lot. It's easy to get caught up in just getting through the next thing—the next test, the next project, the next class. So, if you're stressed and anxious about the future, and you've got this nagging sense that you're not really on track, know that you're not alone. In a healthy peer group, we help one another along.

New pathways Emerge

Students and young adults can easily become overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, and uncertainty about the future. We all need to carve out space to process the big picture of our lives--to reflect not just on what we're doing, but why we're doing it. At purposely.org, our focus is less on the career goals we want to achieve and more on the person we want to become. When we tap into who we are and the kind of person we want to become new pathways emerge

Coming this Fall

Our Brand

The silhouette of a compass with a person (blue) pointing up toward his/her life direction (lime). How can we help you discover a deeper sense of purpose and life direction?