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|Greater Newark LISC Executive Director Rhonda Lewis and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka|
On November 3, Greater Newark LISC hosted its annual New Jersey Neighborhood Achievement Awards. Over 130 attendees came together to celebrate the transformations that are in process in so many of Greater Newark’s underserved communities and in the lives of their residents, thanks to the hard work, perseverance, and vision of Newark’s community development leaders. Read more >>
On November 5, more than 115 Newark residents took part in the Growing Leadership, Building Community Resident Leadership conference. The conference is meant to be a precursor event to the Newark Resident Leadership Academy, an intense leadership training program that targets residents in select neighborhoods in the City of Newark. Read more >>
On September 19th, KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy, Greater Newark LISC, local public officials, and members of the New York Giants football team joined together to celebrate the school's new building and athletic field, located in the West Ward. The new facility, located at 129 Littleton Avenue, features state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated science suite, performing arts classrooms, a large library space, and a state-of-the-art turf football field. LISC provided $6 million in charter school financing for the project. The athletic field was funded through a partnership between the NFL Foundation/NY Giants and Greater Newark LISC.
|The ribbon-cutting ceremony|
In August, M&T Bank awarded a $20,000 grant to Greater Newark LISC. M&T grants are focused on housing development, financial counseling, housing counseling, neighborhood stabilization, community organizing, and an overarching promise to strengthen neighborhoods and the people who live in them. The Urban League of Hudson County and Women Rising each received $5,000. "This series of grants demonstrates our dedication to the state of New Jersey, and our commitment to building long-term relationships with organizations that make New Jersey a better place to live and work," said Paula Mandell, area executive for M&T Bank. Read the story here!
LISC Newark recently opened two new Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) to help low-income residents get the skills and savvy they need to stabilize their household finances. In a city where nearly 40 percent of households earn less than $25,000 per year, the FOCs will offer specialized training for jobs in local industries, financial coaching, credit-building tools, and assistance accessing public benefits.
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