College Readiness and Success Programs

The Newark City of Learning Collaborative works with over 25 college readiness and success programs. They focus on:
  • Alignment of programs and services
  • Supporting student voice and recognition
  • Identifying and tracking readiness metrics 

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Abbott Leadership Institute / Youth Media Symposium

The Abbott Leadership Institute (ALI) empowers parents, students, educators and community advocates from Newark Public Schools with information and knowledge of effective methods for family and community engagement in schools. ALI offers Saturday classes and a wide variety of workshops designed to help parents, educators, students and the community become more productively involved in education reform. ALI also puts on a six week summer program of workshops, projects and media production training to prepare students to become tomorrow’s education advocates.

Contact: 
Junius
Williams
Director
Kaleena
Katea
Berryman
Program Coordinator
Locations: 
Rutgers University
110 Warren St.
Bradley Hall Room 179
Newark
NJ
07102

America Needs You - New Jersey

America Needs You - New Jersey fights for economic mobility for ambitious, low-income college students. We do this by providing intensive career development, mentorship, and professional networks to enable students to realize their academic and career aspirations.

America Needs You was founded by Robert Reffkin in July 2009, originally under the name of New York Needs You. Due to our program successes, we launched a sister program in New Jersey in 2012. In January 2014, the New York Needs You and New Jersey Needs You names were changed to America Needs You, in anticipation of our national launch. As an appointee by Mayor Bloomberg on the NYC Workforce Investment Board and the NYC Board of Education, Robert saw the incredible unmet need for mentorship and career preparation for low-income students, particularly those who are the first in their family to go to college. Robert faced several challenges in his youth, but was aided by nonprofit organizations that helped him achieve college and career success. He founded America Needs You at the age of 29 to mobilize a movement of young professional volunteers to assist low-income, first-generation college students in realizing their college and career ambitions.

Contact: 
Pauly
Rodney
Executive Director at America Needs You - New Jersey
Locations: 
589 8th Ave.
5th Floor
New York
NY
10018

College Summit

College Summit transforms the lives of low-income youth by connecting them to college and career. The model is unique in working with school leaders, educators, and students to ensure high schools have the kind of culture where going to college is the expectation, not the exception.

There is more to College Summit than inspiring students to enroll in college. Equally important is training smart shoppers. The organization empowers students to make better decisions about which college to select, how much financial aid to accept, and which degree programs are in-demand. Students who make smart decisions on the front end are more likely to graduate, graduate in a shorter amount of time, and have less debt when they receive their degree.

Contact: 
Gary
Linnen
Program Director
Locations: 
1763 Columbia Rd. NW
Second Floor
Washington
DC
20009

New Jersey SEEDS

New Jersey SEEDS (Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges across the country. More than 950 students are served annually through SEEDS' academic and guidance programs, in addition to the more than 1,500 alumni continuing their education or in the workforce.

Contact: 
Ronni
Denes
President & Executive Director
Locations: 
494 Broad St.,
Suite 105
Newark
NJ
07102

Newark Education Trust

The Newark Trust for Education is a local education fund with one focus: to improve the quality of public schools in Newark.

Until now, Newark has never had a local education fund working in partnership with the district, the community, and city leadership to improve the quality of public education.

Filling this void, the Newark Education Trust will develop ideas, coordinate efforts and align resources in order to improve student achievement for all children in Newark.

As a local education fund, our goal is to engage local citizens in public education reform. Many major U.S. cities that can claim to have made significant improvements in closing the achievement gap point to having a strong local education fund working in partnership with the school district. From the Boston Plan for Excellence to New Visions for New Schools in New York City, local education funds are an important piece of the urban school improvement puzzle. Until the creation of the Newark Trust for Education, that piece has been missing in Newark.

Contact: 
Ross
Danis
President / CEO
Locations: 
494 Broad St.
Suite LL30
Newark
NJ
07102

Newark Housing Authority / Newark Housing Authority Scholarship Foundation

The Newark Housing Authority Scholarship Foundation provides college bound high school students who participate in affordable housing programs a real option to attend college. The NHA provides last dollar scholarships to students who will be attending a two- or four-year institution.

Contact: 
Allison
Durham
President
Newark Housing Authority Scholarship Foundation
Locations: 
500 Broad St.
Newark
NJ
07102

Newark Mentoring Movement

Established in 2012, the Newark Mentoring Movement’s vision is to expand mentorship to reach 10,000 youths annually in Newark by 2017. In order to achieve this goal, the organization makes mentorship an enviable experience with shared benefits and accountability for mentors and mentees.

The Newark Mentoring Movement itself is not a mentoring program. Instead, it is a matchmaker, connecting individuals, organizations, and communities to existing mentoring programs and enhancing that work through sustained partnerships. The organization hopes to become an inspiration and multiplier for mentorship in other communities.

By promoting best practices and strong, long-term mentoring relationships, the Newark Mentoring Movement strives to have an exponential impact on Newark’s youth.

Contact: 
Melissa
Neubert
Community Development Officer
Locations: 
60 Park Pl.
Suite 601
Newark
NJ
07102

NJ LEEP, Inc.

NJ LEEP, Inc. (The New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project) was founded in 2006 to empower youth from underserved neighborhoods in northern New Jersey to greater educational achievement through a three-fold focus on skills, habits, and exposure. NJ LEEP focuses upon combining law-related education programming with college access programming.

Contact: 
Matthew
Feinstein
Executive Director
NJ LEEP, Inc.
Phone: 
973-242-0951
Locations: 
1109 Raymond Blvd
Newark
NJ
07102

North Star Academy

North Star Academy was founded in 1997 by James Verrilli and Norman Atkins. According to 2003 U.S. Census data, Newark ranks as the second poorest city in the country, with almost half of its children living at income levels of less than $18,660 for a family of four. The New Jersey City Kids Count 2003 data paints a similarly grim picture: Newark children are less healthy, less likely to finish high school, and less likely to reach adulthood than other children around the state.

When students enter North Star they are often significantly behind their state peers. In fact, their test scores are often below the Newark District average, which is one of the lowest performing districts in the state. Chosen from among Newark residents by random lottery, nearly all North Star students are students of color. Eighty percent qualify for free/reduced price lunch. Ninety percent of their parents never graduated from college.

Contact: 
Charles
Allen
Director, Alumni Support

Pathways to College

Identifying potential and developing leaders in under-represented populations remains a critical challenge in our society. A key way to address this challenge – and the challenge of overall school performance – is strengthening students’ ability to win admission to and succeed in the best possible colleges, given their interests and abilities.
 
The mission of Pathways to College is to meet this need by expanding the pipeline to college in selected under-served communities, by:

  1. Creating a nationwide, networked community of high-achieving primarily minority children.
  2.  Assisting these students, with their families, to become knowledgeable, attractive college applicants, students and successful graduates.
  3. Partnering with colleges, schools, and communities for the ongoing and consistent encouragement and support of these aspiring and able children.
  4. Building on the examples our students and teachers set, helping foster and support a school-wide cultural change that emphasizes academic and career achievement.
Contact: 
Gregory
S.
Prince Jr.
Senior Advisor
Locations: 
1082 Dartmouth St
Teaneck
NJ
07666

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