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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s youth development efforts earn INROADS’ national honor as a "Top 10" company

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) has been named among the 2015 Top 10 Strategic Corporate Partners of INROADS, Incorporated. INROADS is a multi-cultural non-profit whose mission is leadership development, career preparation and creating opportunity for talented, underserved youth."Since 2005, Horizon has proudly worked with INROADS to give talented and deserving college undergraduates internship opportunities in their fields of interest," said Alison Banks-Moore, Chief Diversity Officer, Horizon BCBSNJ. "These students represent the next generation of business leaders, and each class has made a lasting impact on Horizon’s workforce and operations. We appreciate our ranking as a Top 10 partner of INROADS, but Horizon’s best reward is seeing young interns learn and grow during their time with us, then flourish as they enter new careers."INROADS selected its Top 10 Strategic Corporate Partners based on the number of internships they sponsored this year. For 2015, 17 students participated in the Horizon INROADS Intern Program, completing salaried internships in several areas of the company, including Pharmacy, Medicaid and Medicare programs, Health Care Management, Service, Information Technology, Financial Planning Finance, Human Resources, Security, Market Business Units, and Business Process Improvement."Finding and developing talented, economically disadvantaged youth – often the first in their families to attend college – has a duel impact: improving lives and communities, while increasing the country’s proficiency in science and math to mitigate the projected shortage of one million technology workers," said Forest Harper, President and CEO of INROADS, Inc. About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New JerseyHorizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state's oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.About Horizon BCBSNJ’s Diversity programsHorizon BCBSNJ has instituted many programs aimed at promoting diversity within the company including: paid minority internships and manager development programs, as well as a Diversity Council and minority leadership programs. To learn more about Horizon BCBSNJ and its diversity efforts, visit: www.HorizonBlue.com/diversityAbout INROADSFounded in 1970, INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that effects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. INROADS has placed students in over 127,000 paid internships throughout its history, and graduated over 27,000 alumni into fulltime professional and leadership positions with over 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,500 interns and 230 corporate clients. To learn more, visit http://www.INROADS.org.