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Community Initiative

In September 2015, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital Center for Healthier Communities launched a BTE program for 46 youth (tenth graders in school year 2015/16) attending Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego, California. Throughout the three-year program, the partners provided a variety of academic enrichment, career exploration, and higher education preparation opportunities, including:

  • Tutoring.  BTE students had access to College Tutors every day after school, as well as core content area tutoring by teachers on a weekly basis.
  • Summer Enrichment. At the Southern California Biotechnology Center, students chose from three unique summer experiences: Life Sciences Summer Institute (competitive application), the Summer Science Camp, or the Intro Life Science Experience Course.
  • College Prep Experiences centered on test-prep workshops for the PSAT, SAT/SAT, CAHSEE, EAP, and ReadiStop, as well as college readiness workshops on writing a personal statement, scholarships 101, and completing the college application.
  • Academic/College/Career Planning entailed individual counseling sessions, Noviance (on-line assessment and planning tool) exposure, “Road to College” classroom presentations, and guidance lessons.
  • Company/Post-Secondary Tours and Tasters. Students participated in hands-on tours of Janssen, as well as a UniversityLink experience (a one-day summer immersion sessions with enrolled college students) and “Explore Days” at San Diego State University and CSU San Marcos, among others.
  • Guest Lectures & Seminars included a Diabetes Seminar, Live From Cardiac Classroom, and Johnson & Johnson’s Global Connect.
  • Professional Workshops were held on key work readiness skills, including cultural proficiency (Camp LEAD), team building, leadership, and communication, among others.
  • Hands-on Science and Community Service Projects. Applied learning projects focused on unique topics, such as DNA, Chemistry, and the Ocean Discover Institute.
  • Job Shadowing and Internships. Workplace experiences, including “DOC For A Day.”
  • Parent Nights. Monthly parent workshops and principal talks featured parent portal training, academic support opportunities, guidance on the college and financial aid application processes, among others. 
  • Portfolio.  Students created a portfolio that reflected their BTE experience and its influence on their knowledge and understanding of the health and science sectors, careers and their future.

Impact

An independent evaluation of the BTE-San Diego, California program found several positive outcomes:
• 74% of BTE students (34:46) completed the three-year program.
• 91% of BTE participants graduated from high school with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
• 52% of BTE graduates obtained at least 3 college credits.
• 100% of BTE graduates will be enrolled in post-secondary education, technical program or the military.
– 77% of BTE graduates plan to enroll in a 4-year college or university (vs. 55% of the comparison group)
• 68% of BTE graduates plan to pursue a STEM2D discipline in post-secondary education (vs. 60% of the comparison group).
• 100% of BTE graduates demonstrated commitment to their community through active involvement in community service.
• 30 Johnson & Johnson Volunteers spent 830 hours working with BTE youth.

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Program Model: San Diego, CA

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BTE Success Story: San Diego