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.
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