New Jersey

Grades: 4–12                    
The primary goal of the 21st CCLC Program is to supplement the education of children who attend low–performing schools and live in high–poverty areas with academic, artistic, and cultural enrichment during out–of–school time hours, so that they may attain the skills necessary to meet state core curriculum content standards. In addition, the centers must offer literacy and other educational services to the families of the participating students.
A Better Chance – National *     
Grades: 4–9                       
A Better Chance seeks to increase substantially the number of well–educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. This is done by facilitating their entry into independent college preparatory schools. Through its network of member schools, A Better Chance is able to leverage an estimated $20+ million per year in financial aid for talented, economically disadvantaged youth of color. More than 96% of A Better Chance's graduates go on to college directly after high school, a majority entering our country's most selective colleges.
Grades: 6–College
The Academic Foundations Center (AFC), which is comprised of Undergraduate Support Programs and the Institute for Pre–College Education and Community Outreach (IPECO), provides academic and service programs that ensure the academic success of students ranging from the sixth grade through college graduation. AFC combines strong instruction and tutorial services with the personal, financial, and career counseling support necessary for academic and social advancement. These features are integral to the success of our students.
Grades: 6–12                    
The Academy at Rutgers for Girls in Engineering and Technology (TARGET) is a summer program designed for middle school and high school girls to increase awareness and familiarize them with career opportunities within engineering. The objective of the program is to eradicate the negative stereotypes commonly associated with women’s ability to pursue careers in math- and science-related fields.
Program mentors and faculty members facilitate workshops, hands–on activities, labs, and projects for the duration of the program in hopes of creating an insightful, exciting opportunity for young girls to learn more about the many different engineering disciplines.
ACT–SO – National                         
Grades: 9–12    
The NAACP's Afro–Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT–SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African–American high school students.
Ages: 4-17
Art in Motion, Inc is a 501-c3, non-profit organization focused on helping the youth explore their passion for the arts. AIM INC. serves inner-city youth ages 4-17, their families, and their community. Our mission is to help inner-city youth build character through the exploration of the arts, leadership, and community service. Currently, we provide programs in Arts & Literacy; Dance & Theater; & Urban Arts, such as DJ'ing & Breakdancing. At AIM INC, we hope to provide additional programs in the arts as our organization grows.
Ages: 5-18
Arts to Grow is a nonprofit arts education organization partnering with New York City metro area public schools and community-based organizations, bringing performing, visual and literary arts classes to inner-city students between the ages of 5 and 18. Our programs offer young people an in-depth, hands-on opportunity to work in small groups with a professional teaching artist. Children create original artwork during classes that meet 1-2 hours per session for eight weeks to a year, during and after school, on weekends and through the summer. Arts to Grow’s programs are offered free to kids and take place right in their own neighborhoods.

Grades: 9–12                    
Attracting Women into Engineering is designed to introduce middle school girls currently in the 6th and 7th grades (entering 7th and 8th grade in the fall) to the field of engineering. Participants in the highly competitive workshops will interact with faculty members and undergraduate students via hands–on experiments in the various fields of engineering. The goal of AWE is to provide teenage girls with opportunities to explore multiple engineering disciplines while reinforcing the need for them to stay focused on their science and math studies.
All Ages
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Our Clubs serve millions of boys and girls, with thousands of Clubs at locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Programming are in the areas of: Education & Career Programs; Character & Leadership Programs; Health & Life Skills; The Arts Programs; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; and Specialized Programs.
Carleton Liberal Arts Experience – National                                        
Grades: 10                         
Carleton College is honored to host an inspiring summer program designed for the best and brightest college–bound students representing high schools across the country. The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) will select 50 high school students who have just completed their sophomore year and bring them to Carleton, all expenses paid, for a one–week summer program. The CLAE program introduces the strengths of a liberal arts education through an array of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.
Grades: K–12                    
The Center for Pre–College Programs at New Jersey Institute of Technology gives pre–college students the chance to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to experience the relationship between these subjects and their applications to everyday life. Students experience a genuine college classroom environment, with tough courses to challenge their young minds. This could reinforce the curriculum from high school as well as improve one's skills.
Grades: 9–12                    
The Challenger Program provides high school students with the opportunity to enrich their education through college–level coursework at County College of Morris while still enrolled in high school. Many schools refer to this option as dual enrollment.
Grades: 1–12
As an organization that is dedicated to serving its community, an important component of Mercer County Community College's mission is to offer a program of cultural activities that contributes to the cultural and aesthetic life of the community. MCCC offers: summer camps, pre–college programs, and sports leagues.
Grades: 8–12                    
The Community And Urban Science Enrichment (CAUSE) program is designed to address the needs of underrepresented minorities in the science and education workforce and to provide quality science education through early intervention to underserved youth K–12. Briefly described, the CAUSE program trains high school youth in marine science and biology to prepare them for paid employment as Academy "CAUSE Interns," in jobs as "exhibit interpreters" on the Aquarium floor and as educators and mentors for youngsters K–8 in the afterschool Ecology Clubs, Science Summer Camps, and 8th grade Explorer Program.
Grades: 12                         
The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) assists low–income residents who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college study. Helping students succeed and graduate, the EOF supports a wide array of campus–based outreach and support services at institutions.
Grades: 10–12                  
The Fast Start Program allows qualified students to enroll in one or two college level courses per term. Enrollment is subject to the guidelines for the Brookdale Community College prerequisite and co–requisite system. Fast Start students may not enroll in Honors Program courses, developmental or support courses.
Grades: PreK–12                             
The Garden State Girls STEM Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout the state of New Jersey that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Grades: 6–18    
Girls Incorporated of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey provides programs to help all girls develop the skills and tools to become women who are strong, smart and bold. Our research–based and developmentally appropriate programs empower girls to think critically about situations, and to use problem solving techniques to produce the best outcomes for themselves and their community. Our programs address every area of a girl's life.
Goodwill Youth Services            
Grades: K–12                    
Goodwill's Youth programs serve more than 12,000 children and families annually. Youth Programs incorporate both academic and recreational enrichment activities to ensure a positive learning experience designed to help young people reach their personal and academic goals. We provide a myriad of activities, which include tutoring, homework help, math and science enrichment, sports, the arts, and educational trips. For older youth, internships and on-the-job experiences, along with the connection to caring adult mentors, helps empower them and transition successfully from school to the workforce.
Grades: 10–11                  
Hispanic Center of Excellence Summer Youth Scholars Program (SYSP) is a six–week academic enrichment program that begins in June and ends in August. This program is for students who have completed the 10th or 11th grade and are interested in science. During this six week period, students
are exposed to SAT preparation, anatomy and physiology instruction, participation in a research presentation, visits to colleges, and exposure to the practice of medicine. Career counseling and skills development are also provided for program participants to ensure academic success.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)– National        
Grades: 9–12    
The HSF mission is to increase the number of Hispanic college graduates by awarding scholarships and assisting students and their families in navigating the barriers to college access and completion.
Grades: 10                         
The purpose of the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is to teach how to think, not what to think. Our leadership seminar provides an opportunity for New Jersey's high school sophomores to recognize their potential talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders of the future. The high level of energy, encouragement, and motivation, as well as the interaction with peers, panelists and volunteer staff, are important elements in nurturing the students' future leadership roles. Each September, every accredited public and private high school in New Jersey is invited to select and send an outstanding sophomore as its representative based on demonstrated leadership potential.
"I Have a Dream" Newark National     
Grades: K–12                    
The mission of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation is to motivate and empower children living in low–income communities to reach their education and career potential by providing a long–term program of academic support, mentoring, enrichment, and tuition assistance for higher education.
Grades: 6–12                    
The Institute for Pre–College Education and Community Outreach (IPECO) has taken a leading role on the Newark campus in reaching out to the community with collaborative programs designed to serve the needs and aspirations of students in Newark and surrounding communities. The IPECO serves approximately 400 urban students through a broad array of summer, after–school, and Saturday programs using a wide variety of teaching strategies, including special course content areas, summer enrichment, tutoring, counseling, peer and adult mentoring, college visits, parental involvement, and cultural site visits.
Grades: 7–12                    
The Young Scholars Program provides the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation. The Foundation works closely with Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program that includes, but is not limited to, support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction. Some Young Scholars attend a private school if none of their public school options adequately serve their academic potential; however, many stay in their public schools
Grades: 9–10                    
Kean University’s College of Natural Applied and Health Sciences offers an intensive Saturday and summer six week residential program for students beginning in the 9th grade. The Upward Bound Project is one of the eight Federal TRIO Programs designed to identify and provide students from low- income families and students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is increase the rate at which participants complete high school and enroll and graduate from college in four years.
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) – National                                 
Grades: 11–12                  
Each year, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) recruits approximately 60 students from around the United States to become LEDA Scholars. Our Scholars are exceptional students from socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, which are currently underrepresented in our nation’s top colleges, universities, and leadership sectors. The LEDA Scholars Program specializes in identifying these outstanding students who may otherwise remain unrecognized by passive college recruitment efforts.
Let's Get Ready National          
Grades: 9–12                    
The mission of Let’s Get Ready is to expand college access for motivated, low–income high school students by providing free SAT preparation and college admission counseling. Let’s Get Ready accomplishes this mission by mobilizing and training college student volunteers to be the "Coaches," mentors, and role models who provide not only SAT instruction and college admissions guidance, but also the encouragement and inspiration students need to succeed.
Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science (MITES) – MIT – National                            
Grades: 11         
Through the MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) program, The Office of Engineering Outreach Programs offers three rigorous residential and online academic enrichment programs for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. By submitting a MITES application, students are automatically considered for one of three academic enrichment opportunities: a one–week residential program, a six–week residential program, and a six–month online enrichment program.
Grades: K-11
Established in 1981, Montclair State University's Gifted & Talented program provides engaging courses designed to meet the unique intellectual and social needs of high-ability students. Gifted students in grades K-11 have an opportunity to enroll in courses delivered over nine weekends in the fall and spring, as well as a six-week summer camp. 
Ages: 13–18                       
The Montclair State University– Upward Bound Project (UB) delivers educational opportunities for currently enrolled high school students who come from low level income families and/or who are potential first–generation college bound. UB provides fundamental support for participants to succeed in their current level of education as well as preparing them in their pursuit of higher education. Emphasis is made on the adolescent as a whole, by offering additional support via tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment activities/trips, work–study, financial literacy, and personal development.
National Hispanic Institute – National                                   
Grades: 9–College          
We are both a national and international organization that provides Latino young people with the structures and settings to envision themselves as future community leaders, practice their skills in leading and working with others, and engage in critical discussions to define their calling while preparing themselves for the mission of changing lives. Dedication to personal excellence, a strong belief in family and culture, and service to others are the core values and beliefs that drive the work of the Institute and embrace its vision.
National Space Club Scholars – National               
Grades: 10                         
The National Space Club Scholars Project is a summer intern experience for up to 30 high school students to work with space scientists and engineers. The purpose of this project is to provide students with an opportunity to experience how research and development organizations operate on a day– to–day basis in direct support of NASA's mission to inspire the next generation of explorers. Participants are assigned to work with a technical professional in a field related to the student's stated interests and expertise. The available areas of interest include Earth and space systems science, computer science, and engineering.
Grades: 1-College
Welcome to New City Kids–a non-profit in Jersey City, NJ. Our mission is “Loving kids for change to create a community of academic, leadership, musical, and spiritual development.” At New City 50+ teens are trained to lead two after school centers, a summer camp and a sailing school.  While each of these teen-led programs are carefully structured to bring academic, musical, leadership and spiritual development to elementary age children, the act of leading them brings a whole different level of transformation to the teens.
Grades: 11                         
The New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences (NJGSS) is a three–week residential program on the campus of Drew University. Rising high school juniors who live in New Jersey are nominated by their schools, and applications are submitted in the fall of the junior year for participation in the following summer.
Grades: 11                         
The New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology at Rutgers University is an intensive residential summer program that brings together some of New Jersey’s most talented and motivated high school students. Free of grades and official credit, students spend part of the summer following their junior year studying on the campus of the Rutgers University School of Engineering at no cost to their families. During the program, students will have the opportunity to collaborate with two to four students on a novel research project which will be showcased in a conference–style final paper and presentation in front of hundreds of invited guests at our research symposium.
Grades: 8–12                    
The New Jersey Law Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP) is a community–based organization that empowers urban youth in grades eight to twelve from underserved neighborhoods in northern New Jersey to perform at high academic levels by building skills through law–related, mathematic, and other educational programs, developing the habits necessary for lasting success and community leadership, and offering exposure to role models who have achieved academic and professional success.
New Jersey SEEDS         
Grades: 5–12                    
NJ SEEDS identifies and selects scholars at three different points along their educational trajectory and has developed three distinct academic programs to meet their needs. Each program – Scholars, Young Scholars and College Preparatory – is designed to rapidly build the critical thinking skills and knowledge base that will allow students to thrive in far more challenging school environments than those from which they come.
Grades: 9–12    
The Office of Pre–College Programs is composed of two grant-funded programs, GEAR UP and College Bound. The programs receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education, NJ Higher Education, and New Jersey City University. GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. GEAR UP & College Bound provide early college awareness and preparation activities for grammar and high school students in order to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Students participate in Saturday classes during the academic school year and in an intense six week summer program.
Grades: 9–12                    
The Pre–Medical Honors program is an effort by the New Jersey Medical School to identify and encourage the most qualified high school students to consider careers in medicine. Our mission is to expose and encourage them to apply to our outstanding programs right here in New Jersey. Students will be exposed to lectures by professors from the New Jersey Medical School, followed by didactic sessions conducted by faculty members and medical students.
Grades: 6–12    
Community House is committed to closing the minority achievement gap in Princeton by providing programs that bolster early childhood literacy, promote the mastery of fundamental academic skills, and create early awareness of postsecondary opportunities for underserved minority youth. Through collaborative partnerships with the Princeton Regional Schools and other local agencies, Community House works to ensure that these students are able to realize their academic dreams.
Grades: 9–12                    
Founded in 2001 by the Princeton University Program in Teacher Preparation, the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) is a rigorous, academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high–achieving, low–income high school students from local districts. Our multi–year, tuition–free program prepares participants for admission to and ongoing success within selective colleges and universities.
Princeton University Summer Journalism Program – National                                   
Grades: 11                         
We welcome about 20 high school students from low–income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10–day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low–income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.
Grades: 9–12                    
PACE, the Program for Acceleration in Careers of Engineering, is a science and engineering awareness program in which professionals volunteer their time to work with local minority high school students to help prepare them for technical careers. We provide mathematics instruction, engineering orientation, college preparation, leadership development, and cultural awareness.
Grades: 9–12                    
Project Adelante is designed to reduce the high school dropout rate of Latino students, increase their academic skills, and encourage them to pursue higher education. Project Adelante is an alliance between four school districts (Perth Amboy, Passaic, Elizabeth, Plainfield), Kean University, and the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. Students attend Kean University every day during a five–week summer session and every Saturday during the school year for an academic enrichment program.
Project GRAD Newark – National
Grades: 9–12                    
The mission of Project GRAD Newark is to support a quality public education for all children in economically disadvantaged communities so that high school and college graduation rates increase.
QuestBridge – National                                
Grades: 11–12                  
QuestBridge is a powerful platform bridging the nation's brightest under–served youth, leading institutions of higher education, and further opportunities. We are an aggregator of excellence. QuestBridge provides a single, internet–based meeting point that links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low–income students attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.
Grades: 9–12                     
The Ramapo College Upward Bound Math Science Program gives support to high school students with college potential. It is our goal to guide these students to successfully complete high school with the background and skills necessary to pursue postsecondary education in the areas of STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math.
Research Science Institute – MIT – National                        
Grades: 9–11                    
Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost–free-to- students, summer science and engineering program to combine on–campus course work in scientific theory with off–campus work in science and technology research. RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research
internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.
Grades: 9–10                    
The Upward Bound for English Language Learners (ELLs) Program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound for ELLs is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Grades: 7–12                    
Each year, the Rutgers Future Scholars program introduces 200 first–generation, low–income, and academically promising middle school students from school districts in our four Rutgers home communities of New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden to the promise and opportunities of a college education. The program has multiple–year components, each building on the foundation of the previous year. Beginning in summer preceding their 8th grade year, student participants become part of a unique pre–college culture of university programming, events, support, and mentoring that will continue through their high school years, and eventually college.
Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) – National                      
Grades: 9–12                    
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.
Grades: 6–12                    
Science Medicine and Related Topics (SMART) is a pre–college enrichment program designed to cultivate students’ interest in health science and research, culminating in enhanced competitiveness and expansion of the pool of underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing health–related professions. The program focuses on youth development and academic excellence and provides opportunities to students in grades 7– 12 to gain the knowledge and experiences necessary to maximize their potential for success.
Grades: 9–12                    
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low–income families; high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree; and low–income, first–generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
The Short–term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP–UP) – National                       
Grades: 11–12  
The High School STEP–UP provides hands–on summer research experience for high school students interested in exploring research careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. The program provides exposure to the core NIDDK mission areas of diabetes; endocrinology; metabolic diseases; digestive diseases; nutrition; and kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases.
Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) – National                                        
Grades: 9–12                    
The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four–week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering, and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands–on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.
Grades: 11–12                  
This is an eight–week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and researchers on a medically–oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program – National                                      
Grades: 9–12    
The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program works to increase knowledge about the sciences and health professions, and offer guidance about the college admissions process to low–income and/or underrepresented minority students. To meet this goal, SMYSP offers a university–based five–week Summer Residential Program and school–based academic year health disparities curriculum.
Grades: 6–12                    
Founded in September 1999, StreetSquash is a comprehensive youth enrichment program that combines academic tutoring, squash instruction, community service, college preparation, leadership development, and mentoring for public school students in Harlem, NY, and Newark, NJ.
Grades: 5-12
Strengthen Teens and Reach Inner-city Vital Environments is a not-for-profit organization geared towards adolescent development serving youth and families throughout the State of New Jersey.  We provide programs and services that improve the future, educational outcome, care, and treatment of at-risk youth, adolescents with or without a disability, and juvenile offenders.  As a community organization,we are dedicated to changing the odds for youth and families through prevention, intervention, education, and advocacy; and through developing and nurturing the leadership,
intellectual, and artistic abilities of the youth served. Programming includes: After School Enrichment Program, Supplementary Educational Services,  Summer Day Camp, Right Track Diversion Program, and Supportive Employment Services.
Grades: 9–12                    
Student Access and Educational Equity (SAEE) is an educational pipeline utilizing a series of integrated experiences including advising, tutoring, and undergraduate research opportunities to improve student persistence and graduation from high school to college, and beyond. SAEE includes: Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math–Science, School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) EOF Programs, Student Support Services Program (SSS), Ronald E. McNair Program, and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).
Grades: 9-12
Student/Partner Alliance provides scholarships to low income, inner city students who demonstrate a desire to be successful and continue their educations beyond high school. The program creates a supportive relationship between students and individuals who agree to provide the students with tuition assistance for four years at private high schools. The program serves inner-city northern New Jersey focusing on Newark, Jersey City, Bayonne, South Orange, Montclair, and Elizabeth.
Grades: 11–12                  
Students will spend three weeks on the beautiful Stanford campus, living in residence. They will spend the first two weeks intensively studying and researching a topic in history or philosophy, attending daily lectures by the faculty members, and participating in group discussions and activities in the afternoon.
During their third week, students will work closely with their professors, graduate students, and writing mentors to produce original research projects. These papers present an opportunity for students to use what they have learned at Stanford to develop their own answers to the central questions that are addressed by the humanities.
Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)– NIH – National                         
Ages: 16 and over                           
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side–by–side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities, including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.
Summer Research with the National Institute on Drug Abuse – National                              
Ages: 15 and over           
This program is designed to provide high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups with meaningful research experiences and mentorship in the field of drug abuse and addiction. Each year up to 50 NIDA research investigators offer their labs and their time for eight to ten weeks to mentor up to 60 students interested in drug abuse research.
Grades: 9                            
Each summer Saint Peter’s University offers outstanding high school students who have finished their freshman year the opportunity to participate in our Summer Scholars Program— an intensive in–class and field–trip–based experience where you learn from full–time Saint Peter’s University professors and experience the richness of college life.
Grades: 6–11                    
The mission of the TeenSHARP, Inc. is to provide underrepresented students with the quality preparation, advising, resources, and leadership development to attain higher education and leadership opportunities. TeenSHARP’s 10–month college preparatory program equips youth with the skills, knowledge, and high standards necessary for leadership and academic success. The program takes place from September to June each year where participants –organized into two groups–11–13 year olds and 14–17 year olds– meet twice a month for TeenSHARP sessions. In addition to the interactive sessions, participants complete take–home assignments, engage in experiential learning (college tours, community service, and action research projects), and are given individualized academic advising.
Grades: 10                         
Telluride works with university faculty to create exciting courses designed to inspire young people to explore the histories, politics, and cultural experiences of people of African descent and a variety of other topics.
Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) – National           
Grades: 11                         
A Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a six–week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college.
Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.
Grades: 6-12
TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Talent Search projects serve young people in grades six through 12. In addition to counseling, participants receive information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and various student financial aid programs. Find programs near you by state or district.
Grades: 9-12
TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Upward Bound helps youth prepare for higher education. Participants receive instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, and science on college campuses after school, on Saturdays and during the summer. Find programs near you by state or district.
Grades: 9-12
TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Upward Bound Math and Science helps students from low-income families to strengthen math and science skills. In addition, students learn computer technology as well as English, foreign language and study skills. Find programs near you by state or district.
Ages: 7-17
TRUE (TRUE Relationships Unearth Excellence) Mentors is a one-to-one mentoring program in Hoboken, NJ. We match children ages 7 – 17 with a caring adult mentor that helps them unearth their potential through relationships. TRUE Mentors offers classes and programs to explore new ideas and grow.
TRUE Mentors’ Hoboken Teen Internship Program is a semester-long paid internship program for teenagers in Hoboken. Each teen hired will be paired with a mentor to work on a project in partnership with a local business. Teens are required to work 5 hours per week on the project and turn in assignments weekly.
All Ages
The Urban League of Essex County (ULEC) is a non-profit organization with a proven track record for responsible community building and development. Our mission is to assist disadvantaged urban residents in the achievement of social and economic self-sufficiency. Our vision is social and educational equality for our youth, economic self-sufficiency for adults, safe communities and neighborhoods, civic involvement and responsibility, and racial inclusion.
All Ages
Empowering residents and improving the quality of life in urban communities is the mission of the ULHC and we're "making it happen in Hudson County" by working in partnership with community groups, government and corporate sponsors. With a dedicated staff of professionals the Urban League provides services in the areas of education, mentorship, economic development, job placement, childcare, family counseling and programs for seniors. The Education and Youth Development Department works to improve life outcomes and educational opportunity for Hudson County youth through afterschool programs, academic achievement initiatives, mentoring programs and youth leadership development opportunities.
Grades: K-12
UrbanPromise is dedicated to enriching and empowering young people in Trenton with free afterschool programs and summer camps. Our mission is to equip Trenton's children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and Christian leadership.

Ventures Scholars – National                     
Grades: 9–College                          
The Ventures Scholars Program is a national nonprofit membership program designed to promote access to higher education for young adults interested in pursuing math– and science–based careers.
Grades: 9–12                    
The Waksman Student Scholars Program (WSSP) provides opportunities for high school students and their biology teachers to participate in, and contribute to, an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics. This is a yearlong program that begins each summer with a three–week seminar and laboratory Institute held at the Waksman Institute located on the Busch Campus of Rutgers,
The State University of New Jersey. It continues back at each high school during the academic year when more students can become involved, and concludes the following spring with the Waksman Forum Poster Session. 
W.E.B. Dubois Scholars Institute – National                                        
Grades: 10–11                  
The W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute provides leadership, scholarship, community service, and entrepreneur training along with exposure to science and technology for high–achieving youth attending secondary schools. It was founded with an aim to develop a cadre of brilliant leaders/activist scholars with a commitment to contributing their talents for the betterment of others by solving major problems facing our society.
Grades: 9–11                    
The Weston Science Scholars Program offers specially selected ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders from Montclair High School the opportunity to learn science "by doing science." The program recognizes high- achieving students with significant potential in science, mathematics, and related fields.
Grades: 7–12    
The Wight Foundation provides opportunities for talented young men and women to achieve academic excellence in a college preparatory boarding school environment. The Foundation fosters the development of each scholar's leadership potential and helps him or her gain confidence to be successful both in and out of the classroom. The Wight Foundation provides grants, based on family income, to attend boarding schools in the New England and Mid–Atlantic Regions.
Grades: 9–12                    
The Kean University Women into Science and Technology (WIST) project is an outreach program to support and mentor high school girls in science and technology. The project aims to attract and retain women in mathematics, science and technology courses through a multilevel activity, networking, and mentoring program. This program includes female undergraduates, industrial scientists, academic scientists, and high school girls and their teachers. The goals are to encourage high school girls to persevere in science, mathematics, and technology courses, and to consider pursuing careers in these fields.
Women's Technology Program– MIT – National                                               
Grades: 11                         
The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four–week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands–on classes, labs, and team–based projects in the summer after 11th grade.
Grades: K–12                    
Young Scholars’ Institute is a non–profit learning center that provides educational, cultural and recreational activities for students in grades K–12. Through programs such as one–to–one tutoring, SAT preparatory courses, enrichment classes, college tours and college admissions workshops, YSI strengthens the basic skills necessary for our students to excel academically and to pursue higher education opportunities.
Ages: 16–24                       
YouthBuild Newark (YBN) is an education–focused, youth and community development agency that supports the achievement of 16 to 24 year old young adults who are academically under–skilled, under–employed, and/or have been involved with the criminal justice system. Our mission is to harness the intelligence and positive energy of low–income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives. Through flexible and personalized programming and supports, we help students develop the educational competencies, workforce skills, and socio–emotional wellness needed to realize their personal and professional goals.
Grades: 9–12                    
The Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health is a four-day conference at Stanford University. High school students from across the country are invited to attend to gain leadership skills for effecting change in local communities. Conference participants will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health. Students will also have a chance to apply the skills they gain in an outreach planning simulation.
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Prep for Prep's mission is to develop future leaders by creating access for young people of color to first-rate educational, leadership development and professional opportunities.