Press Release


NJ Teens To Explore Urban Challenges During Week-long Immersion Program

Newark, NJ (July 28, 2014)—Starting today, a dozen teens from around New Jersey will swap life in the suburbs for a week-long urban immersion in Newark.

The reason? Some lessons are best taught outside the classroom.

Students from Saint Peter’s Prep School in Jersey City will gain firsthand experience as they spend seven days volunteering with inner city children, job seekers, the elderly and formerly homeless—all individuals who receive support and services from New Community Corporation. New Community is a Newark-based nonprofit agency that’s recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive community development organizations in the U.S.

Twelve students from the all-male prep school will lodge at one of New Community’s eight residential buildings that provide affordable housing for seniors and disabled residents. Each day, the teens will work at various sites in Newark, including New Community’s transitional housing facility for homeless families—called Harmony House—as well as at our one-stop Family Resource Success Center, Adult Medical Day Care, Extended Care Center, food pantry and two early learning centers.

The group arrived in Newark the evening of Sunday, July 27, 2014, and will stay at New Community until Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. In addition to rolling up their sleeves and volunteering, students will have an opportunity to meet New Community CEO Richard Rohrman and take a tour of Newark.

“We are excited to continue partnering with Saint Peter’s Prep School to expose students to some of the real challenges of living in Newark, but to also plant seeds of inspiration and hope in young minds as they see the work New Community does to serve inner city residents,” Rohrman said.

Dates:           Monday, July 28 to Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Time:            9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (flexible for media availability)
Location:    233 West Market Street, Newark, NJ 07103 (and various other sites)
Visuals:       Students volunteering with inner city residents at various NCC sites.

Media contact:
Eunice Lee

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