Year in Review: STC Newark

2019-06-28T12:58:08+00:00June 19th, 2019|

It’s been an exciting year for STC Newark! This year, we’ve expanded our programming, brought amazing new staff onboard, and hosted the 2019 STC Forum. Our programming directly engaged 100 teachers and more than 500 students in over 40 Newark schools, of which 50% are district, 15% independent, and 35% charter! Here are just a few of our highlights from this school year:

A LOOK BACK

In early September, our Manager of School Programs Tiffany Jackson was selected for the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership Victoria Emerging Leaders Program…

On September 28th, we celebrated our 3rd Annual Design Day Challenge & Celebration. Teams received their challenge from Newark Community Economic Development Corporation: redesigning Washington Park!

In late October, juniors and seniors at West Side High School in our Career Skills Program did a site visit to FedEx to see how advanced manufacturing plays a significant role in business efficiency and logistics.

In December and May, STC Newark and Prudential hosted two weeks of actuary workshops for Newark high schools students…

In January, we launched a new program with Future Fownders and East Side High School called e2e: A Day in the Life! This program builds on our citywide e2e program by going deeper with a larger cohort of students from one schools. East Side students engaged in weekly workshops designed to prepare them for careers and participated externships with local Newark employers…

Later in January, we got incredible news: Schools That Can Newark was selected as the 2018 Impact100 Essex grant recipient! Read more about it here.

And, thanks to that grant, we were able to bring on board Ashaki Goodall as our Manager of Career Skills Programs.

In February, we had our 4th Annual Bridging the e2e Gap Workshop and Luncheon at McCarter & English, LLP! Students from high schools across Newark participated in workshops to help them finish resumes/cover letters and prepare for interviews that took place later in the month.

After we received support from Kars4Kids, our Manager of School Programs, Tiffany, did a great interview with them about STC Newark and our programs…

“Real-world learning is all about making education hands-on and relevant for students. We believe it is crucial to education that students are learning in interactive ways that allow them both to relate to the material AND develop real skills in the process.”

In March, we celebrated the fourth year of the West Side High School Build It Better Contest for 9th graders, part of NJ STEM Month. Build It Better is always such an exciting event, and serves as a launchpad for students interested in the advanced manufacturing pathway program.

As our Bridging the e2e Gap students headed out for externships, we loved hearing stories like this one: “It’s exciting to know people will see projects I finished today in my externship at Minuteman Press tomorrow when I attend Admitted Students Day at Rutgers!”

Ahead of the 2019 STC Forum, our Executive Director, Erin, wrote a piece for Chalkbeat Newark.  In late April, STC Newark was the proud host of the 14th Annual Schools That Can National Forum! It was so fulfilling to see our Newark community come together to share the innovation and energy with the national STC network. Check out a few of our favorite moments…

All winter and spring, five middle schools completed the 2nd year of our Spirit of Community Service Program with Prudential, leading great projects in their schools about homelessness, fire prevention, school cleaning, and girl empowerment.

In May, 12 Newark juniors completed the first-ever Prudential Actuarial Career Experience Program, co-designed and led by STC Newark…

In early July, our second cohort of e2e A Day in the Life held their mock interviews and externships at employer sites throughout the city. Nearly 100 students participated in this new program, which will expand to reach even more students next year.

And before wrapping up the school year, we awarded 5 grants as part of the Victoria Foundation Public School Grants Program to Newark schools for the 2019-2020 school year in support of college readiness and success.

Special shout out to our awesome Advisory Board, led by Chair Stephanie Baker, for their amazing support throughout the year. Last week, we celebrated this past year with them, welcoming on a few new members while thanking several members who are rotating off after many years of tremendous support, including our long-time Chair Gary DeBode and long-time supporter Linda Morgan. We are so grateful to all our AB members!

We thank all of you who made this year such an awesome, successful, and powerful year. As we finish up this program year, we encourage you to stay involved (and support us) so we can continue this great work next year. Have a wonderful summer and see you all in September!

Erin, Tiffany, and Ashaki