Bridge to Employment (BTE) was launched in 1992 by Johnson & Johnson to inspire young people (14-18 year olds) from disadvantaged communities to stay in school, excel academically, and elevate their career aspirations. Partnerships have operated in over 50 communities worldwide and currently, there are 13 funded BTE sites in the continental U.S., Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Each unique partnership consists of a local Johnson & Johnson operating company, an institution of higher education, a high school, and an intermediary organization.
The Office of Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) is proud to be part of the international BTE Community. In accordance with the BTE mission, the Rutgers chapter seeks to increase the number of students attending institutions of higher education and pursuing careers in healthcare, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Activities are aimed at enhancing the academic and extracurricular performance of students. Beginning in the freshman year and continuing until graduation, students receive five hours of academic support on Saturdays during the school year. In addition, the students engage in college experiences, mentoring programs, research projects, and workshops, transforming them into competitive college applicants. New Brunswick Chapter participants are selected based on submissions of interest and parental approval.
- Area(s) Served: New Brunswick High School; New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School
- Population(s) Served: High school students in grades 9 through 12
- Collaborative Partner(s): Johnson & Johnson; New Brunswick Public Schools