Encouraging & Mentoring Peers On Work & Education Readiness
E.M.P.O.W.E.R. is a college preparation program that offers after-school tutoring and college preparation assistance to high school students from New Brunswick and nearby communities.
College mentors are selected by the Rutgers University Collaborative Center for Community Based Research and Service and the Middlesex County College Democracy House Center for Civic Engagement.
E.M.P.O.W.E.R. runs from September to May. The Spring 2021 semester begins on January 20, 2021, with virtual meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Educational workshops: career exploration, time management, study skills, financial literacy, stress management
- FREE college classes (by selection, requires parent/guardian and high school counselor recommendation)
- FREE tutoring from college mentors
- Peer mentoring on high school-to-college transition
Explore highlights from the E.M.P.O.W.E.R. Program, featuring the work and accomplishments of our E.M.P.O.W.E.R. scholars, past and present.
- Engagement with E.M.P.O.W.E.R. staff a minimum of four hours per week, via workshops or tutoring
- Successful completion of college class (if selected)
- Fall and spring community service hours
- Improvement in high school grades as evidenced by transcripts
- MCC application and completion of FAFSA or alternate FAFSA application
All students, new and returning, are required to submit the E.M.P.O.W.E.R. Application and email high school transcripts. Any student who is interested and selected to take a college course, must complete the High School Scholars (HSS) Application.
A virtual interview with the HS to College Program Coordinator and/or Director is required for NEW students. Past participants who complete the E.M.P.O.W.E.R. program application are automatically accepted into the program.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and leave your contact information. Someone will call you within 48 hours.