RU Ready for Work
RU Ready for Work (RUR) is a year-round, replicable career/work-readiness demonstration model designed for socio-economically challenged 10th -12th grade students. Founded on evidence based practices and periodic program assessment, RUR provides a proven effective framework that encourages persistence, academic success and graduation, and enhances educational, personal and life skills development. It also provides students with career preparation and work readiness skills and tools, including summer career track immersion, mentors and internship experiences. All of these elements are known to influence positive youth development. Since 2011, 100% of RUR participants graduated high school and since 2013, 100% of participants earned post-secondary placements, with the preponderance enrolling in 2- and 4-year colleges/universities, significantly exceeding both state and local averages. RUR operates in partnership with the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) to increase the percentage of Newark residents with college degrees or professional credentials from 13% to 25% by 2025. By design, RUR’s three-tier model improves outcomes among at-risk or marginalized students.
Summer Enrichment Program
Luncheon Speaker Series
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.
- Essex County Division of Senior Services
- Goodwill Rescue Mission
- St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen
- Greater Newark Conservancy
- Freedom Ministries, Inc.
- Community Food Bank of New Jersey
RU Fit Day
For 2017 the theme was Newark Through the Lens of History and Culture. In addition to excursions to local sites and art exhibits, students visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture where they gained a broader understanding of the historical context and cultural evolution of African Americans who had migrated to Newark. While there, they viewed a display on Baxter Terrace, which had been a landmark housing structure in Newark built before WWII.
The Public/Healthcare Services Track field trip to 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. They discovered non-traditional careers in the healthcare industry that they never may have considered.