EAST HANOVER, NJ — A group of West Orange students in grades 8 through 12 was among the more than 175 students from about 40 New Jersey schools that recently participated in the 19th Novartis Multicultural Teen Corporate Mentoring Program.
Intended to help participating students achieve career goals, the three-day program was held at the East Hanover campus to help the students make better, more informed career choices. Students are taught about diverse career opportunities as well as skills like team building, presentation and deadline-oriented skills within a multicultural corporate environment.
A range of activities aims to help students navigate future career choices and understand the benefits of working in such environments, according to Novartis. Since it began in 1994, the Novartis program has mentored more than 1,400 students.
“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.