Collaborative Mentoring Program and Certificate in Youth Mentoring

If you are an undergraduate student interested in supporting promising, economically disadvantaged youth in public schools, the Collaborative Mentoring program is an exciting opportunity.   


  • Learn how to support promising youth affiliated with college access programs such as AVID, EMPOWER, and Upward Bound.

  • Implement nationally recognized academic frameworks to inform mentoring. 

  • Mentor students in New Brunswick Public Schools 2-3 hours per week.  

Begin with an application to enroll in Introduction to Mentoring (01:090:215). 

What do I need to do?


  • Make sure you meet the minimum of one semester of college experience and a GPA of 2.5.  

  • Complete the application and an interview with a Collaborative Program Coordinator. Apply here. You will need a permission number to register.

  • Note that if your community placement is a public school, the New Jersey Department of Education requires a background check; if your placement is a community organization, some organizations also require a background check to work with youth under the age of 18.

What is the Certificate in Youth Mentoring?


Combined with your electives in education, social work, psychology, public health, or public policy, among others, a sequence of three, 3-credit,
Collaborative Youth Mentoring courses potentially lead to the 18-credit
 Certificate in Youth Mentoring, a designation that is endorsed by Rutgers-New Brunswick and awarded upon graduation. Download the PDF to learn more.

What are the core Collaborative Youth Mentoring courses?

  • Introduction to Mentoring (01:090:215)

  • Mentoring and Youth Challenges (01:090:315)

  • Mentoring, Communication, and Ecological
    Community Context (01:090:316)

Course topics include adolescent development, culturally responsive mentoring techniques, factors that may derail low-income students, overcoming structural inequities in education, as well as approaches to managing time, peer pressure, and goal-setting.



Rutgers Collaborative Center

640 Bartholomew Road

Busch Campus

Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

United States

T (848) 932 8660

F (732) 445 4231


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