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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.


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


BTE Success Story: San Diego

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