Guaranteed Education Program

"What is Guaranteed Education?"

A NO COST education for Newark’s most vulnerable populations!

The City of Newark’s Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery and The Brick City Peace Collective, in partnership with Saint Elizabeth University, will support 40 youth by sponsoring the cost of tuition for select majors at Saint Elizabeth University. This FOUR YEAR program will guarantee that students in Newark households, who wish to pursue higher education, do not incur any student loan debt; which will be a powerful force in closing the wealth gap and education gap for these communities.

“Why Newark? Why Now?

Less than 16% of Newarkers have a Bachelor’s degree.

Only 23% of Newark students who graduated high school in 2011 earned a degree within 6 years.

17.6% of black adults over the age of 25 have completed a four-year college education.

65% of black students that enroll in college drop-out due to dealing with college independently such as preparing their own schedule, navigating resources on college campus, and family obligations all while pursuing a degree.

There are many barriers to graduating from college for Newark students including lack of family support, and financial obligations. This program will allow students to focus on their education and not on securing funding for their education!

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Brick City Peace Collective

The Brick City Peace Collective, a coalition of 16 community organizations, coordinates existing community support at the neighborhood level and promotes collaborations for wraparound services that will drive strategic systemic change to violence prevention and trauma recovery.

Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery

The Office of Violence Prevention & Trauma Recovery envisions a city where violence is approached from a public health perspective and where people are considered individuals as well as products of their environment. The Office's mission is to improve quality of life for all residents of Newark through reimagining public safety and public health as tools to address the underlying causes of violence, not only its consequences.

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