During the academic year, the RU Ready for Work program is facilitated through after school programming at Rutgers Newark that incorporates work, college/career development and planning, educational support, and enrichment programs for participants. It is designed to facilitate improved academic achievement while providing students with self and career exploration opportunities. Together with individual guidance and counseling, these elements improve students’ abilities to identify, chart, and implement their career goals. In addition, the program introduces students to a broad range of social, cultural, and interpersonal enrichment opportunities to enhance their development and to spark their interest, curiosity, and participation in their own community and the world beyond. All participants receive financial incentive payments through NewarkWORKS. Once program seniors complete their post-secondary planning and placement process they participate in work internships that enable them to apply and hone skills they have acquired, as one of the final steps in preparing to transition into the next phase of their life.