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NCLC’s College Pathway Initiative (CPI) was launched in January 2017 with two signature programs: Pathways to Achievement and Success and the Youth Leadership and Success Project. CPI is an innovative model that provides a multi-year developmental pathway leading Newark students to and through college. CPI serves traditional 10th graders and opportunity youth (disconnected from school and work) over the course of four years to ensure their successful completion of high school, their transition to college or some post-secondary option, and their ultimate graduation from college. CPI also provides academic and social-emotional supports, and places Fellows in cohorts, which allows them to bond in a positive learning community that reinforces a culture of achievement. Both programs meet in Saturday Academies twice per month at the city’s community arts hub, Express Newark, and other Rutgers facilities.

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Pathways to Achievement and Success (PAS)
PAS features an innovative integrated arts and college readiness curriculum that takes full advantage of Rutgers University-Newark’s Express Newark. PAS Fellows work directly with local artists and university faculty in workshops that include portraiture, digital 3D modeling and printing, screen printing, curating, theatre arts and public speaking. Fellows also receive support in navigating the college admissions process, free SAT prep, as well as vision and goal mapping. Through creativity and empowerment, PAS unlocks the potential of Newark youth and gives them the tools, knowledge, and resources to be successful. PAS Fellows are recruited in the fall of their 10th grade year and stay with the program all the way through high school graduation. PAS will continue to provide resources to Fellows during their transition to college and through college graduation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Newark resident
  • Must be in the 10th grade at any high school in Newark, including district, charter, and private
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA preferred but not required

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The Youth Leadership and Success Project (YLSP)

YLSP is the first program of its kind in Newark that intentionally blends a cohort of traditional and opportunity youth (disconnected from school and work) in support of college and career planning and development. Newark has an estimated 7,000 young people classified as opportunity youth. YLSP utilizes a social justice curriculum to support the development of youth voice and empowerment, enabling young people to develop a global perspective on justice and citizenship. The ultimate aim is to assist each YLSP Fellow in mapping a path to college and/or career. YLSP Saturday Academies include life planning activities, exercises on self-awareness, and seminars on leadership, the city’s history, and youth advocacy. NCLC works closely with its partner, the Opportunity Youth Network (OYN) to strengthen and support critical program components. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Newark resident
  • Must be in the 10th grade at any high school in Newark, including district, charter, and private
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA preferred but not required

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