The South Ward Promise Neighborhood
The South Ward Promise Neighborhood is a powerful collaborative effort of more than 25 organizations working together to invest in South Ward families. The South Ward Promise Neighborhood launched in 2018 with a U.S. Department of Education Promise Neighborhood grant. Partners offer free programs and services to ensure children receive support at every stage of development from prenatal to college and career. Our goal is to ensure every child growing up in the South Ward Promise Neighborhood will have access to high-quality early childhood centers, schools, healthcare, and housing. The South Ward Promise Neighborhood offers a system of family and community support services to ‘knock down walls and build up kids’ changing the course of generations to come, beginning with you!
YOUR CHILD + SOUTH WARD PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD = UNLOCKING YOUR CHILD’S FULL POTENTIAL
Our Mission & Approach
Formerly known as South Ward Children’s Alliance, South Ward Promise Neighborhood (SWPN) serves as BRICK Education Network’s two generation support division. Its mission is rooted in a holistic approach, providing families in the South Ward of Newark with resources for finances, food, housing, employment, physical, and mental health.
In December 2017, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the South Ward Children’s Alliance a $30 million Promise Neighborhood grant to bring together partners from around Newark to serve South Ward families over the next five years. Today, we are known as the South Ward Promise Neighborhood (SWPN), a powerful collaborative effort of more than 25 organizations working together to lift families and children in the South Ward.
Concentrating on the South Ward allows SWPN to provide intensive quality services to a specific community, including those who are hardest to reach- where impact can be measured. The South Ward is a racially concentrated area of poverty. As with many other communities like the South Ward, many residents lack access not only to good schools and health care, but also to quality child care, banks, jobs, and healthy foods and they frequently pay more for basic goods and services. All programs and services are voluntary and free for families and children.