Community-Based Programs

Check out some of the many ways Rutgers students can get involved with community-based programs:

  • Advancing Community Development is a new program where non-profits, J&J employees, and Rutgers students undertake capacity-building projects to help strengthen community organizations to better serve their constituents. In the process, a learning community is formed to capitalize and expand everyone’s knowledge base.
  • Community Research Assistant Program gives students the opportunity to conduct research for the Collaborative Center’s partners – non-profit organizations throughout New Brunswick and New Jersey. Community Based Research is a partnership of students, faculty, and community members who collaboratively engage in research with the purpose of solving a pressing community problem or effecting social change. By participating in this program, students will research policies and model programs, evaluate best practices, and ultimately help organizations become more effective in serving their communities.
  • Rutgers Bonner Leaders Program embeds students in local community organizations serving a 300-hour AmeriCorps term while simultaneously learning the leadership skills necessary to motivate others on campus to serve and build their own capacity to move ideas into action. In collaboration with non-profit community organizations students develop projects in issue-based teams, including among  others,
    • health and homelessness;
    • learning to end hunger; and 
    • youth leadership.
  • Rutgers Civic Scholars Certificate provides recognition for students for their community-based learning achievements and is bestowed at graduation.
  • Students Advancing Literacy Skills in Adults (SALSA) launched in spring 2012, the SALSA program is a partnership between the Collaborative Center and the Graduate School of Education. Undergraduate students are prepared through academic coursework to help adults acquire English language and literacy skills. SALSA students serve as conversation partners or small-group facilitators supporting local community organizations offering English as a Second Language (ESL) services.