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The Newark Family Success Paradigm envisions that all school age children and youth will be at home, in school, on track, and connected to their community.

To help young residents achieve their greatest potential, the City of Newark both plans for the needs of our youth and creates opportunities to best meet those needs. 

The Newark Youth Policy Board (NYPB) serves as a cross-system, broad-based coordinating group charged with guiding, coordinating and integrating policy and planning efforts for all youth in Newark. Appointed by Mayor Booker and chaired by Deputy Mayor Muñiz and Dr. Robert Johnson, The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean (Interim), New Jersey Medical School, the Newark Youth Policy Board focuses on creating policies, practices and programs which promote positive youth development for all our cities’ youth.

The high-energy, high impact Super Summer Initiative pools the resources of local government, community partners, and resident stakeholders to connect youth and families to fun-filled, family friendly recreational activities, jobs and job training, expanded social services, site-specific summer programming in high violence neighborhoods, youth development, sports and outdoor activities. For more information about the up-coming Super Summer program visit www.newarknow.org/supersummer.html

The Newark Youth Connection (NYC) is a citywide initiative designed to engage and promote one of our city’s greatest untapped resources -- its youth.  The goal of the NYC is to identify and encourage future leaders by fostering a vibrant relationship between our youth, our community and municipal government officials.  Based out of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement, the NYC is empowering a generation of young people to fully engage as active citizens in their community and in their world.

Launched in 2008, the Community Youth Mapping program gives Newark youth the responsibility to “map” positive resources, areas and opportunities that they deemed safe and important.  As a result of the hard-working Community Youth Mapping Participants in 2008 and 2009, over 900 positive youth resources in the City of Newark were identified and mapped for use by our youth. For more information on Community Youth Mapping , please go to www.communityyouthmapping.org.

The Youth Education and Employment Success (YE²S) Center improves measurably the quality of life of Newark youth by expanding their educational, vocational, and employment opportunities. The YE²S Center is a unique collaboration among the City of Newark, Newark public schools, Communities In Schools of New Jersey, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, The Nicholson Foundation, Rutgers University, and numerous community-based organizations. Strategically located and organized to ensure a safe environment, with optimal delivery of youth services, it is dedicated to helping our young adults to become more caring, competent, and contributing citizens of the City of Newark. To learn more about the YE²S Center and its services please go to www.youthsuccesscenter.org

The City-wide Youth Mentoring Initiative was launched to significantly increase the number of mentors for Newark youth. The Newark Mentoring Coalition, along with other programs such as Goodwill's mentoring program for children of prisoners and the Mentoring Success Center, is supported by the Office of the Mayor to help meet this goal.

Directory for Youth and Families

A 2010 City Directory for Youth and Families to empower families to connect to the resources they need. The Newark community is rich in resources but many residents have voiced concern about how to find out what is available to them. This directory provides residents with a full range of resource information and highlights many of the community partners that have worked so hard to make Newark a great place for families.


A Newark Family Success Helpline has been established through a partnership between the Newark Family Success Center Network and Parents Anonymous of New Jersey to offer a warm line of support and access to services to Newark residents on a 24 hour 7 days a week basis. If parents and caregivers are stressed out and in need of help, or if they need resources, information or just someone to talk to, they can call 1-800-THE-KIDS and connect with a friendly and well-trained parent support specialist.