A civic engagement initiative, the mission of RU ReadyTM is to provide students with the motivation and the civic, political, and expressive tools they need to address public problems in their community. Under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Matto, a political scientist at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, the project features instructional methods that foster active citizenship. The project’s hallmark is the central role played by a team of RU ReadyTM Rutgers students who work directly with local high school students and administer interactive sessions. Such peer to peer contact improves the likelihood that the lessons of RU ReadyTM will be absorbed by the students experiencing them. The project currently is administered in area high schools and includes in-class workshops and a culminating event, the RU ReadyTM Young Leaders Conference.
Piloted during the 2007-2008 academic year, the project has received support from:
- The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
- Magyar Bank Charitable Foundation
- New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company and NJM Bank
- New Brunswick Public Schools
- Amy S. Ayoub
- Edith Neimark, Ph.D.