EAST HANOVER, NJ- Novartis recently hosted its 19th Multicultural Teen Corporate Mentoring program, featuring 175 students from nearly 40 high schools across the state. These schools included local Hanover Park and Whippany Park high schools and took place right in East Hanover itself.

The program strives to help high school students make better and more informed career choices going forward. Students in grades 8 through 12 spend three days engaged in an array of different activities, each designed to help the students learn to navigate future career choices and to understand the merits of working within a multicultural environment.

“This program teaches students about leadership and the importance of mentoring and networking,” said Wanda Sims, Associate Director of Philanthropy at NPC. “I am proud that every student that has participated in this program has successfully enrolled in a college program. Through this program we try and teach our students that with perseverance and hard work they can achieve their goals.”

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Novartis’s Multicultural Teen Corporate Mentoring program has been working with students since 1994 and has helped to educate over 1,400 young men and women. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is located right in East Hanover and is dedicated to meeting the health needs of today’s and future generations.

Local students who participated included Whippany Park’s Andrew Griffin and Hanover Park’s Brianna Lee and Vivek Kasarla. All three students have just completed 10th grade. Their three day program included a field trip, a community service project, a patient-advocacy challenge and a college and career fair.