In Newark, Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway seeks to re-engage disconnected youth – those who not in school and are unemployed or underemployed – to build educational and professional skills to support long-term self- sufficiency. Our largest direct service program in Newark offers high school equivalency training and preparation for work, and has helped more than 100 young adults earn a diploma in the past five years.
With goals to increase high school diploma attainment among low-income young adults, Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway is in alignment with the Newark City of Learning Collaborative, which maintains an objective to increase the percentage of residents with postsecondary degrees, certificates and quality credentials from 17% to 25% by 2025.
Beginning in 2011, Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway brought Project Rise to Newark, a replicated evidence-based program of the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, with support from private foundations and the Center and the Social Innovation Fund – a competitive grant program housed by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
For five years, Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway worked with the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, MDRC, and seven partner cities in implementing and testing five promising program models in support of low-income families, working poor, and disconnected youth. In Newark, Project Rise is designed to serve low-income young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who lack a high school diploma or GED, are neither employed nor enrolled in school, and read at the 6th grade reading level or higher. The program provides intensive classroom preparation for the test of high school equivalency, paid internships, case management, and wraparound supports. Since the inception of the Project Rise model in Newark, Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway has been able to reach hundreds of youth and has maintained one of the highest graduation rates among its sister programs.
MDRC published a report compiling information from the pilot programs implementing Project Rise, available here.
In 2014, Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway was selected along with four other community agencies to be an awarded member of the Newark Opportunity Youth Network. We have transitioned out of the Project Rise pilot model, and continue to offer a comprehensive high school equivalency program in Newark.
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- Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway Alumnus