The 7TH & Madison Summer Institute is a vital part of the 7TH & MADISON Upward Mobility experience. It is a four-week intensive program. It generally begins at the beginning of July and concludes in early August. During this time, participants utilize the 7TH & Madison Maplewood location and Rutgers Newark campus, students return home at the end of program day. Students are required to participate in some weekend activities.

The Summer Institute aims to create a college-like academic environment that encourages participants to develop autonomy, academic responsibility, and expand their knowledge of their own scholastic competencies in preparation for college and social capital.

Benefits of 7TH & Madison Upward Mobility Institute Participants:

  • Participating in triage and conferencing of youth  to best match student needs with the service and support provided by this program

  • Conducting research on topics they choose and presenting their data

  • Assistance  in developing academic skills, behaviors, and attitudes that lead to admission and retention in a post-secondary institution

  • Arranging supplemental instruction, including specific course or content assistance/tutoring to prepare students for college level course work

  • Linking students to college retention programs such as the Educational Opportunity Program/Fund

  • Assistance in exploring career interests and bolstering their

          professional experience by facilitating internships, job shadowing,

          volunteering, community service opportunities, or employment where appropriate

  • Utilizing assessment tools with youth such as the New Jersey Career

            Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) program

  • Providing relevant and local job searching resources and assistance in

            application completion and preparation for interviewing

  • Developing students’ soft skills to enable them to perform successfully in

          a work environment. Soft skills include: communication, attitude, teamwork,          

          networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism

  • Integrating advanced technology

  • Social Capital







​​​​​​Upward Mobility Institute Mission

Upward Mobility Achievement Programs provides young scholars with a series of specialized preparatory services including; tutoring, mentoring, advising, programming, with research ability to increase student success and graduation from high school and admission to institutions of higher education.


The UM staff is available to assist students on a daily basis by calling 800-936-3256 Ext. 700 or via email at



Empower families and strive to ensure the health, success and safety of those we serve