Students from East Orange Among Participants at the Novartis Multicultural Teen Corporate Mentoring Program

Pictured is Amber Ruffin a 9th grade student at Cicely Tyson School for the Performing Arts speaking during her group's presentation in the Patient Advocacy Challenge. Credits: Ravenwood Photo
Pictured is Ndukwe Johnson, a 10th grade student at East Orange STEM Academy speaking during his group's presentation in the Patient Advocacy Challenge. Credits: Ravenwood Photo
Pictured is Saint-Pierre Loius, an 11th grade student at East Orange STEM Academy, asking a question to a guest speaker. Credits: Ravenwood Photo

EAST HANOVER, NJ – Novartis hosted its 19th Multicultural Teen Corporate Mentoring program for over 175 students from around 40 New Jersey schools at its East Hanover campus to help the students make better, more informed career choices.

Students in grades 8 through 12 spent three days in April participating in a range of activities designed to help them navigate future career choices and understand the benefits of working within a multicultural corporate environment.

The Novartis program has mentored more than 1,400 students since it began in 1994.  The program was shaped around strengthening team-building skills, introducing deadline-orientated tasks and honing presentation skills.

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“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.”

This year’s student program included a field trip, community service project, a patient-advocacy challenge, and a college and career fair. 

"The program taught me how to work with a group of people I had never met before and how to communicate effectively," said Maya Patel, a junior at Bergen Arts & Sciences Charter School. "Going out into the field with a salesperson and speaking with doctors helped me realize that this is the work I want to do."

About Novartis

Located in East Hanover, NJ Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is an affiliate of Novartis which provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care and cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals. Novartis has leading positions globally in each of these areas. In 2016, the Group achieved net sales of USD 48.5 billion, while R&D throughout the Group amounted to approximately USD 9.0 billion. Novartis Group companies employ approximately 118,000 full-time-equivalent associates. Novartis products are sold in approximately 155 countries around the world. For more information, please visit

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