Collective Impact Initiatives

Newark now boasts a number of initiatives that bring together a number of partners to push for a collective goal – in education, health, public safety, youth engagement, and more.  Victoria Foundation helped launch and support a number of these initiatives.

Check out some of the initiatives underway today:

  • Newark 2020- an initiative to employ 2020 Newarkers  by 2020 at major local anchor institutions

  • Fairmount Promise Neighborhood-Initiative with a goal to create community of opportunity , centered around strong schools that allows children to learn, grow and succeed

  • Safer Newark Council/ Rutgers University Newark-A cross sector group with public safety as its core program to reduce violent crime in Newark by 20% by 2020.

    South Ward Community Schools Initiative-A partnership project of Newark Public Schools and the City of Newark, that will help provide educational and wraparound support services to some of the city's highest need students. The five schools selected for the project are Malcolm X Shabazz High School, Brick Avon Academy, Belmont Runyon Elementary School, Louise A. Spencer Elementary School, and Brick Peshine Avenue School

    Newark Trust for Education (NTE)-Independent non-profit local education fund, committed to ensuring a quality public education for all Newark’s children.

  • Newark City of Learning Collaborative/ Cornwall Center (NCLC)-City wide collaborative aimed at increasing the percentage of Newark residents with postsecondary degrees to 25% by 2025

  • STEAM Coalition Initiative –Cross sector  collaborative established to prepare Newark students for STEAM carets and workforce  opportunities   by aligning Next generation Science and National Arts Standards curriculum

  • Newark Thrives!-The out-of-school time network for the city of Newark

  • Children’s Cabinet- Coalition convened by Mayor Baraka to address the needs of children in the South Ward


    Opportunity Youth Network (OYN)-An emerging youth focused organization that is advocating for and reengaging off-track and out of school youth and putting them on a path to academic attainment and economic security

  • Newark Arts Education Roundtable (NAER)- Alliance of arts education stakeholders to ensure that all children in Newark have equitable access to high quality, sequential arts education opportunities, both in and out of school.

  • United Parks As One-Umbrella for “Friends of Parks” groups coordinated by Trust for Public Land, this group recently got its own nonprofit status. It serves as a community-based mutual support network for volunteers that help clean and program City parks such as Nat Turner, Jesse Allen, and Mildred Helms

  • Coalition for Healthy Ports-Group of organizations that advocate for pollution reduction and promote awareness of environmental injustice at and around Port Newark. The group is led by Clean Water Fund, Ironbound Community Corporation, and the NJ Environmental Justice Alliance. Participants include the Teamsters and a number of Newark nonprofits.

  • Believe in a Healthy Newark – A coalition organized into three “impact teams” working on Healthy Homes, Nutrition and Fitness, and Adverse Childhood Experiences. This group includes advocates, researchers, and service providers working to improve outcomes for children in the South and West wards.

  • Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green!)-Coalition that promotes the use of green storm water infrastructure through demonstration projects, advocacy, and coordination among city, state, and community stakeholders

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