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On November 18, 2016, the Fairmount Heights Neighborhood Association (FHNA) shared a Thanksgiving meal with 150 residents from the Fairmount community. FHNA took part in Greater Newark LISC’s 2016 Resident Leadership Academy, where group members set a goal to get organized and build the organization’s capacity to run community programs that will improve the neighborhood. The fruits of FHNA’s labors in the rigorous Resident Leadership Academy workshops are apparent: while this was their fifth annual Thanksgiving dinner, it was first time that the group planned and ran the event itself. FHNA met or exceeded all of its goals for the evening. Read the full story!
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 >>
|Greater Newark LISC Executive Director Rhonda Lewis and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka|
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|
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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