Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway AmeriCorps members served with organizations affiliated with the New Jersey Mentoring Partnership engaging in services, which included the following: events/project planning, training curriculum development, mentor recruitment, partner coordination, program assessment, materials development, and data collection. Members also engaged in projects during National Days of Service, statewide projects involving various other AmeriCorps programs in New Jersey, and Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway volunteer and training events.
The CeaseFire Allstars are a community group of over 100 extremely talented group of young professionals who believe in the power of Positive Hip Hop, R&B and Rap and have come together to voice their concerns and strong belief against gun violence. Through the partnership between T.E.E.M. Gateway and Cobblestone Records, youth were able to constructively voice their lyrics, beats and performances into a professionally recorded promotional compilation CD that they have collectively designed, developed and produced.
Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway developed the Newark Green Rangers as a Summer Youth Employment Program in partnership with the City of Newark. Youth participants gain exposure to careers in agriculture and landscaping, environmental arts, entrepreneurship and farmstand operations, and other “green” fields, with the expertise of the Rutgers University-New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and a number of local partners behind them, all while maintaining an innovative focus on the urban environment. The Environmental Arts Team of the Newark Green Rangers created five city murals during the summer of 2009 in Newark, the first of their kind, designed and painted by youth with local artists as their guides.
As part of Mayor Booker's 100-Day Plan, the City, working in collaboration with Rutgers University, T.E.E.M. Gateway, the Newark Public Schools, Newark Now, and the Nicholson Foundation, began developing this grant program to address the issue which stressed the importance of providing meaningful rehabilitation opportunities for juvenile ex-offenders. These include job training, mentoring, counseling, anger management, life skills and family development, as well as GED preparation and literacy classes.
Through the Let’s Move! campaign—a comprehensive, collaborative, and community-oriented initiative that addressed all of the various factors that lead to childhood obesity—we engaged every sector of society that impacted the health of children to provide schools, families and communities the simple tools they need to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy.
When young people graduate, it naturally leads to stronger families, safer streets, and more vibrant communities. During the course of this campaign, we engaged a diverse range of stakeholders from all corners of NJ; convened regional forums throughout New Jersey; initiated specific dropout prevention efforts; collected and synthesized data, forum feedback, and related research; and convened a major statewide conference in the fall of 2009 in order to present policy recommendations, share best practices, and reach consensus on specific action plans for continuing our work.
The Youth Farmstand Program is an interdisciplinary, multi-faceted program designed to support local farmers, increase workforce readiness skills and life skills in at-risk youth and build healthier, stronger communities. This program increases opportunities for all youth providing workforce readiness skills, entrepreneurial skills and attitudes, knowledge of agriculture and food systems components and processes, and awareness of entrepreneurial & employment pathways available in agriculture.
The national model of Community Youth Mapping arrived in Newark during the summer of 2008, where forty-five youth participated in a Summer Youth Employment Program, sending them into their local neighborhoods in search of positive, youth-friendly resources, such as potential employers and summer enrichment programs. Youth were trained in job skills development, career exploration, professional communication and civic engagement.