Program Highlights

Public Service Track
 
The RU Ready for Public/Healthcare Services Program is a six week summer experience that engages high school students from the Greater Newark area in a career readiness curriculum and internships for the fields of public and healthcare services. The program aims to expand students’ knowledge of these fields and the broad array of education and employment opportunities that exist via seminars, field experiences, exposure to practitioners and work internships. Ultimately, the program aims to increase students’ awareness of needs within their community and develop strategies to address them. The program also teaches students how to assume service leadership roles, open their eyes to the opportunities and demands for committed professionals and helps them prepare for rewarding careers in the future. Guest speakers included elected board of education members, healthcare executives, municipal leaders, university administrators, and nonprofit executives who were invited to discuss their individual career pathways.
 
Luncheon Seminar
 
The RU Ready For Work Summer Program Luncheon Speaker Series provides an enriching opportunity for program participants to engage directly with university- and community-based professionals about various topics related to college and career preparation. This component of the summer program serves to reinforce concepts that participants learn and discuss in instructional workshops by exposing them to real world experts who share knowledge and experience in key competency areas that can lead to college and career success.

Through the Luncheon Speaker Series, participants have met and interacted with university officials, municipal leaders, entrepreneurs, healthcare practitioners, and nonprofit executives, as well as Rutgers-Newark students who impart valuable insights into the rigors and rewards of the college experience. Topics of discussion have included leadership, economic and community development, mentoring, goal setting, time management, and college admissions and financial aid processes. Ultimately, the Luncheon Speaker Series introduces RU Ready for Work participants to the idea that “doing lunch” with knowledgeable mentors and peers can lead to many valuable career and educational networking opportunities.
 

Community Service
 
The participants of the RU Ready for Work Program are obligated to perform 60-80 hours of community service as part of the Newark Public Schools high school graduation requirements. During the summer, the RU Ready for Work program partners with various local non-profit organizations to provide an opportunity for students to “give back” to their community. Some of the community service opportunities have been provided by:
1. Essex County Division of Senior Services
2. Goodwill Rescue Mission
3. St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen
4. Greater Newark Conservancy
5. Freedom Ministries, Inc.
6. Community Food Bank of New Jersey
 
RU Fit Day
 
The RU Ready for Work Program strives to help its participants make healthy choices in all areas of their lives. “RU Fit Day” is an annual fitness program conducted at Rutgers-Newark every summer in an effort to showcase the benefits of healthy living. Through Newark Community Health Centers, Rutgers-Newark’s College of Nursing, Student Health Organization and a group of dedicated Rutgers individuals, the students are treated to a day of exercise, health screenings, and informative as well as interactive presentations.
 
Academic Excursions
 
Each summer the RU Ready for Work Program adopts a socially relevant theme that is then integrated into the entire summer enrichment curriculum, including field trips that are carefully chosen. The theme for the summer of 2013 is, Entrepreneurship: Building a New Economy in Our Community.
Motown (The Musical) demonstrated the significance of branding as an integral aspect of running a successful business or organization. The performance revealed and that brands may be identified with various elements including logos, people, places, time periods, and in this case, music!
The Newark Liberty Airport- Quarantine Station field trip, introduced students to new career opportunities. Students had an opportunity to speak with various staff members regarding healthcare, level of education, and experience needed in order to pursue careers in this field. The field trip provided an opportunity for students to learn about non-traditional careers in the healthcare industry that they never may never have considered.