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Community Initiative

In February 2018, Johnson & Johnson and McNeil partnered with ASIPIRA de Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico, Humacao Campus, Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo Campus, and Florencia García High School launched a new BTE program in the Las Piedras, Puerto Rico community.

Targeting 50 tenth graders attending Florencia García High School in school year 2017-2018 with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and 100% attendance, the three-year program provided a variety of academic enrichment, career exploration, and higher education preparation opportunities in order to increase the number of students enrolling in higher education and pursuing health careers.

Key activities included:

  • Academic Challenge. Hands-on science and math experiences focused on real world challenges.
  • Career Awareness & Job Shadowing. Company tours and visits to McNeil and other Health/STEM organizations; vocational interest inventory workshops; and job shadowing opportunities
  • Career Coaching. Periodical sessions with McNeil Volunteers focused on Health / STEM related careers.
  • Career Talks with community-based Health / STEM professionals.
  • College Board Exam Preparation. Intensive College Entrance Exam (PEAU) review sessions.
  • College/University Exposure. Post-secondary and higher education institutions tours, as well as participation in a college-based math summer program and lab experiments and/or projects.
  • College/University Application Support. Workshops for parents and students on the college and financial aid application processes.
  • Community Engagement Activities. Community service workshops and  projects.
  • Socio-emotional and Career Readiness Workshops focused on soft skills and employability skills.

Impact

By the end of the BTE-Las Piedras, Puerto Rico program (June 2020),  the following outcomes were achieved:

  • 100% of active BTE students graduated from high school.
  • 100% of BTE graduates were admitted to post-secondary institutions
  • 62% of BTE graduates were admitted to health / STEM related programs in a postsecondary institution.
  • 100% of BTE graduates expressed improvement of their career-readiness skills.
  • 100% of BTE graduates expressed improvement of their social and emotional skills.
  • 100% of BTE graduates were engaged in activities that improve the community and some plan on continuing this engagement following the program.

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Program Model: Las Piedras, Puerto Rico