SWPN provides a range of services to help successfully guide and advise students through high school, college preparation, and exposure to various career options.

college male smilingCollege and Career Services include:

  • College Success Mentors
  • Academic Support
  • Soft Skills
  • Internships, Fellowships, and Job Placement
  • Career Readiness
  • Professional Dev. Workshops
  • And more...

College & Career Partners

Abbot Leadership Institute

Abbot Leadership Institute
ALI provides one on one support to students from across Newark in planning for their futures via individualized assistance with the college process (applications, financial aid and scholarships), workshops on college readiness for middle and high schoolers, college tours, college entrance exam preparation, and career readiness/professional development via the Newark Freshman Institute.

Leaders for Life

Leaders for Life
L4L provides after school program for elementary and middle school scholars (grades 6-8) attending schools in the South Ward. This includes providing homework help, leadership development, career exploration Community Outreach program, and service learning activities coordinated for youth to learn how they can make a difference in their neighborhood. L4L also engages youth in their core programming including: mentoring program, one-to-one mentoring focuses on character development, community service and academic excellence. L4L also offers the South Ward Scholars Successful Transition – a year-long after-school program for 100 eighth-graders. This program helps 8th grade students apply to the best high schools in and around Newark. The program will expose these eighth-graders and their families to the rigors and expectations of ninth-grade, emphasizing study habits, time management and social and emotional learning skills.

YouthBuild Newark

YouthBuild Newark/Opportunity Youth Network (youth 16-24)
YBN will work collaboratively with SWPN to engage disconnected youth between the ages of 16-24 in the South Ward. YBN is committed to assisting these young adults with completing their high school education, developing skills in construction training and other industry credentials, and supporting them in becoming productive members of the community. This is achieved through: YBN’s Core Programming – an intensive 10- to 12-month program wherein, students receive: academic instruction leading to high school equivalency attainment and/or advanced education, construction training, industry credentialing, leadership development, service-learning, case management and counseling, life skills training, mentoring, and post-program support.

Newark Opportunity Youth Network (OYN)

Newark Opportunity Youth Network (OYN) – a youth centered intermediary initiative that seeks to address Newark’s disengagement crisis and establish a network of campuses and programs led by community- based organizations to provide educational, social-emotional and job training services throughout the city. YouthBuild Newark’s evidence-based practices and will provide a rigorous education that builds upon student assets and accelerates learning.

Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC)


Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC)
NCLC ensures that all Newark residents have the opportunity, information, and access to go to college, afford college, complete college, and ultimately obtain good jobs. As Newark continues to experience an economic resurgence, residents need to be equipped with the skills and credentials to compete for employment in the city.

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