NEWARK, NJ [April 24th, 2019]: Schools That Can (STC), a national education nonprofit, will proudly present Prudential Financial, Inc. with the Leaders That Can corporate award at their 2019 National Forum, a two-day educational conference held annually in a different city. The award, presented at the Luncheon at the conclusion of the Forum, honors local businesses and leaders who have demonstrated exemplary service to the community. The Leaders That Can Luncheon will be held at the Robert Treat Hotel from 12PM-2PM on Wednesday, May 1st.

Prudential has long been supportive of Schools That Can’s efforts to improve educational outcomes for Newark students.

“Responsibility to the community and the future of Newark is a cornerstone of our work at Prudential, and we believe in supporting initiatives that address this, including our city-wide math initiative and community service program, both run in partnership with Schools That Can,” said Shané Harris, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Prudential and executive director of The Prudential Foundation. “These programs aim to improve education in Newark, increase opportunities for our community’s young people, and strive for a brighter future for all our students. We thank them sincerely for recognizing us with a 2019 Leaders That Can Award and look forward to continuing our collaboration.”

Prudential’s investment in the local community, including through partner programs with Schools That Can Newark, is an example of their commitment to giving students valuable learning opportunities and closing the opportunity and skills gap. Sarah Keh, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Prudential, is on the STC Luncheon Host Committee and will speak on a panel about how Prudential is working to create a city-wide culture of math in Newark and a pipeline towards math-based careers.

STC Newark Executive Director Erin Sweeney sums it up best, saying, “STC Newark is so grateful to Prudential, not only for their ongoing partnership with us to support Newark youth through quality real-world learning, but for their unyielding commitment to our city since their founding here more than 140 years ago. Prudential truly is the epitome of robust place-based corporate responsibility and partnership.”

The award will be presented during a luncheon that also includes the Robert F. Kennedy Urban Education Awards ceremony, held in partnership with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. The luncheon will also honor Chancellor Nancy Cantor of Rutgers Newark, a distinguished leader in education.

The 14th Annual Schools That Can Forum will be hosted by STC Newark and will take place on April 30 – May 1, 2019. This year’s theme is “Advancing Culturally-Relevant Real-World Learning.” Forum attendees will be treated to two days of panels, interactive workshops and school study tours that highlight practices related to Real-World Learning. For information on ticket purchases and agenda, please email, or visit here for Forum tickets, or here for Luncheon tables.

About Schools That Can

Since starting with a small cluster of schools in 2005, Schools That Can (STC) has grown into the country’s largest cross-sector network of urban schools serving low-income communities. The network currently reaches more than 190 schools across 15 cities, serving more than 75,000 students. STC works with school leaders, teachers and students to reimagine education through real-world learning that closes the opportunity and skills gap. Innovative approaches fill a much-needed void to better prepare students for a rapidly changing future. By connecting leaders to powerful practices and models, developing teachers and engaging students, STC is poised to make an important difference in the lives of American youth.