Rutgers University-Newark Awarded Nearly $500,000 in Grant Funding for Promise Neighborhood Partnership

December 21, 2012
Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: LaVerne Alexander, 202-225-3436

Washington, DC - Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr. is proud to announce that Rutgers University-Newark will be awarded $498,722 in grant funds as one of the winners of the 2012 Promise Neighborhood Grant competition.  Each year, organizations across the nation compete for one of only 20 grants awarded by the Promise Neighborhood Program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. As a 2012 Promise Neighborhood Grant winner, Rutgers University-Newark will implement comprehensive services for our youth while putting school improvement at the center of local efforts to revitalize underserved New Jersey neighborhoods. This collaborative effort will target students enrolled at 13th Avenue Renew School and West Side High School, providing the community with additional tools to help these children succeed.

The Newark Fairmount Promise Neighborhood Partnership is led by Rutgers University-Newark, the Urban League of Essex County, and the United Way of Essex and West Hudson. By providing resources that create a range of services to ensure learning success from early childhood through college, this program seeks to address the significant challenges faced by children and their families living in high poverty areas. The nearly $500,000 in grant funds will allow Rutgers University-Newark to provide the underserved children of New Jersey with vital educational services and help create a brighter future for us all.