Rutgers University-Newark Office of University-Community Partnerships


The Office of University-Community Partnerships (OUCP) at Rutgers-Newark has a dynamic history grounded in principles of education, service, and community building. OUCP engages faculty, staff, students, and community partners to create greater collaboration and cooperation internally and externally in a way that infuses teaching, learning, scholarship, service and engages and develops the civic agency, talents, and capacities of all invested partners.
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Sound Mind, Sound Body: Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. Event Volunteers will: -Engage parents and students in tabling events. -Participate in tabing activities alongside organizations -Guide individuals towards activities and information. -Create a plasant presence.

Start Healthy Stay Healthy Early Childhood Program

The Start Healthy Stay Healthy Early Childhood Nutrition Education Program is designed to help expectant mothers, families and caregivers of children up to 36 months of age understand and make healthier nutrition choices. Start Healthy, Stay Healthy (SHSH) is a partnership between Rutgers University‒Newark, Nestlé Nutrition U.S. Program for Parents Early Childhood Education, Newark Fairmount Promise Neighborhood, and Program for Parents. We also provide healthy meals, snacks and an incentive for individuals (one per cohabitating family) who complete the training. There is also an opportunity for interested individuals to be trained to conduct sessions with friends and neighbors. A stipend is provided to those individuals.

CDF/New Ark Freedom School

The CDF/New Ark Freedom School is a five-week program for third, fourth, and fifth grade students of Newark’s Fairmont neighborhood in partnership with Newark Fairmount Promise Neighborhood and the Newark Public Schools Summer Plus Program at Thirteenth Avenue/Dr. MLK School. It serves approximately 25 children by offering an activity-based curriculum that promotes social, cultural, and historical awareness. Funding is provided by the Victoria Foundation and private donations. The program is staffed with support from the RU-N Graduate School. RU-N undergraduate students serve as program managers and classroom instructors called servant leader interns in keeping with the CDF intergenerational leadership model, and Newark Public Schools personnel provide additional resources, instructional support, and advice.

RU Ready For Work

RU Ready for Work (RUR) is a year­round, replicable youth workforce and college/career readiness development program created and administered by the Office of University­ Community Partnerships (OUCP). RU Ready for Work fosters the development of skills that prepare Newark youth to compete successfully for positions and careers in today’s workforce. RU Ready’s goals are to: (1) promote retention and persistence to ensure that students graduate from high school; (2) stimulate career awareness and identify pathways; (3) develop workplace etiquette, negotiation and self­management skills to help students retain employment; and (4) support students as they seek and obtain employment or admission to post­secondary higher education, vocational institution, or military services. RU Ready for Work utilizes a tiered development strategy that builds upon lessons learned and extensive assessment and evaluation over the course of the program. The program design includes educational enrichment, work readiness training, and work placements for students who have attained established preparatory benchmarks. The multigenerational program model also utilizes college students who matriculated through Newark high schools to support and supplement instruction, provide tutoring, and peer mentoring. The program is rigorously evaluated in preparation for its use in other settings.

West Ward Community Coalition

West Ward of Newark Development

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