The Newark Opportunity Youth Network initiative provides the opportunity for Community Based Organizations (CBOs) within Newark to bring added value in serving a diverse need of young people. The intent of the partnership is to build strong education programming that will lead to High School Diplomas/Equivalencies, job training, employment and graduate services. These schools and programs are smaller learning environments with supportive, personalized support for opportunity youth.

La Casa de Don Pedro:
Youth-In-Motion Program

The Youth-in-Motion program is designed to help Opportunity Youth earn High School Equivalency and transition into College and Career pursuits.  In addition to academic classes, students are engaged in job readiness, life skills, and financial literacy workshops as well as individualized career planning and supportive services.

Classes meet Monday-Friday from 10:00pm-3:00pm. Students are placed in sections based on TABE Reading Scores.

Eligible Students

Newark residents, 16-20 years old (21 w/IEP), currently not-enrolled in school.

Graduation Requirements:

Passing of the High School Equivalency (HSE)

Personalized Student Supports:

The Career Counselor works one-on-one with each student to develop and follow an Individualized Development Plan which includes short, mid, and long-term goals while addressing potential barriers, and facilitating college and career transition after HSE attainment.  

Student academic progress is closely monitored and assessed. Students will be HSE tested on site when sufficiently prepared. Students also have access to the Job Developer to help prepare and match them to employment opportunities.

Additional community supports offered:

Students and families will have access to over 30 different programs offered by La Casa ranging from Adult & Alternative Education and Workforce Development to Family Counseling and Health Services to Immigration Services and Home Energy Assistance. 

La Casa de Don Pedro: Empower and Revitalize

Open Enrollment

Location:

  • 39 Broadway in Newark’s North Ward

Program Director:

  • Wendy Melendez, Director
  • Gregory Hodne, Deputy Director

Contact Person:

  • Coraly Melendez

New Community Corporation

New Community Workforce Development Center Academic Enrichment Program for Older Youth provides students with classroom learning and literacy skills that lead to a high school equivalency diploma, as well as vocational training, and job placement.

CTE Tracks Offered:

  • Ford Automotive Training
  • Construction Building Trades (Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Painting, etc.)
  • Culinary Arts
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Certified Home Health Aide
  • EKG Technician

Program Length & Sessions:

New Community will offer four 12-week sessions:

  1. July 11 2016-September 30, 2016
  2. November 21, 2016-January 13, 2017
  3. January 23, 2017-April 14, 2017
  4. May 1, 2017-July 21, 2017

Eligible Students

  • Must be a Newark resident
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Must be between the ages of 16-21 or 21-24 (WIOA)
  • Not attending or enrolled

Graduation Requirements:

72% pass rate from last two cohorts

Personalized Student Supports:

Case Manager, Vocational Training, Job Placement Assistance, Financial Literacy/Financial Coach, Computer Lab, Life Skills/Job Readiness, Centrally Located (accessible to bus route(s))

Additional community supports offered:

  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Individual/Family/Group Counseling (FSB/NCC of Newark)
  • Community Service Projects
  • College Tours
  • Employer Site Visits
  • Guest Speakers
New Community Corporation

Location:

New Community Workforce Development Center
274 South Orange Avenue
Newark, NJ 07103

Program Director:

  • Mr. Rodney Brutton
  • Ms. Odette Phillip

Contact Person:

  • Ms. Odette Phillip