IAR’s Project Prep is a program geared for IAR youth to achieve and engage themselves in a series of academic sessions, including the birth of interest in STEM. We provide various inner and outer state college tours, CUNY related screening and policies with a focus on under-resource youth in preparing for, gaining admission to, and graduating from  college.


IAR prepares its youth for the transition between high school and college life to help successfully navigate college entry and the entire application process.  We meet with the youth legal guardians, conduct surveys and workshops to get them actively involved.

Project PREP is a rigorous after-school program for high-school kids who are otherwise living in “high-risk” underresourced communities.


IAR assists with financial aid, guidance to develop strong required essays and to write with greater complexity and confidence in preparation for coursework. With support made possible by pre- med and STEM students, and Columbia University, IAR instills the skills needed in our participants to achieve long overdue educational and social milestones.

According to the New York City Board of Education Only 48.4% of New York City Public School students graduate in four years and 53.51% of public school students are below the poverty line. Our youth are struggling and they need our help.

At Project PREP, our goals are to increase high-school graduation rates and further the education of students. We work as their advocate and help them envision, apply, and prepare. The Education Specialist maintains close contact with the students’ counselors at their schools to measure progress, and implements individual plans of action as needed.


In addition to teaching youth skills like creative writing, debate, test-­taking, resume development, and brainstorming, we also match them with qualified mentors, many of whom are on the verge of graduating medical school. They help participants research colleges they might want to attend, arrange tours and get them involved with community service. Under IAR’s exceptional STEM leadership, youth participants are taken to new career heights and academic exposure unlike anything that they have ever reached before.


We feature talks from motivational speakers, take trips to cultural institutions in New York City, and other social activities. We are thrilled that our students receive acceptance letters from St. John’s and other Universities – This year, we’re looking forward to hearing even more good college admission news.


For general inquiries about Project PREP, please contact our office during regular business hours at (212) 650-5894 or email us at: