"I Have A Dream" - Newark

Our Newark program utilizes the “class cohort model” and is unique in its long-term approach. Students are supported from kindergarten through post-secondary education via in-depth wraparound services and programming that targets and supports the ever-changing developmental needs of each Dreamer and their family. The current Newark cohort’s Dreamers are now high school students, with the first group preparing to graduate in 2018.

The College Path Project:  A progressive four-year plan that provides our Dreamers with a road-map to successfully complete high school and to make well-informed decisions, while gaining access to college and/or an accredited trade school.

  • Caters to the individual needs of each student

  • Provides academic and college readiness support

  • Provides mental health support (via a licensed social worker)

  • Tutoring services provided by mentors, learning specialists and local university and community college partners

  • Mentoring, financial literacy and additional support provided by the Kappa League of NJ

Newark Mentoring Movement (NMM): Our collaboration with NMM places youth voice at the hest of the mentoring process, empowering them to select their own mentors to guide them through successful completion of high school and entry to college or technical school.

  • Provides one on one and group mentoring opportunities

  • Uses mentoring to improve self confidence, performance, behavior and attendance

  • Aids in development by enhancing communication skills and encouraging positive and productive peer relationships

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Work Is Success Internship Program (WISIP): WISIP is an 8 week work preparation program in which our Dreamers receive 40 hours of training developed to prepare them to work in an office environment. Upon completion, Dreamers are equipped with the essential tools needed to navigate the work world. During the summer, Dreamers participate in a paid internship in the Newark area.

Past internship locations have included The Frost Valley Sleepaway Camp and Newark Public Schools Family Support Center. In addition to enhancing their resume, Dreamers develop the knowledge and skill sets essential to work in any professional setting. Also, during this time, Dreamers gain authentic experiences that aid in developing strong professional relationships as well as a strong professional network of supporters.