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Executive Officer’s Report

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​At the end of the 19th century, a phenomenon of free market capitalism emerged that resulted in growing inequality and a concentration of wealth by a privileged few, including Andrew Carnegie, who amassed a huge fortune (4X greater than Bill Gates'!) from the steel industry.He was called a Robber Baron, accused of ruthless and unscrupulous busines...
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Sandy's Orchard

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On Sunday, October 28th, trustees, staff, and the family of Gordon "Sandy" Millspaugh, Jr. gathered along with the leadership of Avon Avenue School, local gardeners, and representatives from Greater Newark Conservancy to dedicate a new orchard created on a formerly vacant lot located across from the school on Avon Avenue. This event honored Sandy's...
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Investing in Urban League of Essex County

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One of the stated goals of Victoria's Thriving Neighborhoods Initiative is to leave a stronger nonprofit sector in place when the Foundation transitions to work in other Newark neighborhoods. In the case of Fairmount Heights, the Urban League is the anchor institution that we are working closely with and hope to strengthen over the next 7 to 10 yea...
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Victoria Foundation Increases its Support for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program

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​ Providing high quality work opportunities for Newark high school students in the summer has been a long-standing priority of Mayor Ras Baraka. The 2018 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is an excellent example of a successful private/public partnership. A record number, 3,200 Newark youths, participated in SYEP at sites across the city from ...
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Newark Debate Academy Makes Newark Proud!

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 The Newark Debate Academy, (NDA) is one of Victoria Foundation's long-standing grantees, focuses on pushing Newark students toward academic excellence by honing skills in reading, writing and public speaking—three skills that are necessary for college and career readiness in 2018. It has been my pleasure to serve as the program officer for th...
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Newark is selected to join a National STEM initiative!

Newark's newest collaboration is the NEWARK STEAM COALITION, housed within Newark Thrives!, the new out-of-school-time network for Newark. The Victoria Foundation helped create both Newark Thrives! and the STEAM Coalition. This coalition aims to build education pathways in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math that impact youth from pre-...
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Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC)

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NCLC, the city's post-secondary education collaborative, has added new staff and programming over the last year. It welcomed its inaugural executive director, Reggie Lewis, in Oct. 2016, and a new director of strategy in March 2017, Chirag Menon. NCLC also launched two new college access and success programs in January funded by the Kresge and Ford...
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Newark Community Street Teams

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Traditionally, public safety has been the domain of law enforcement. When crime and violence break into our lives, we tend to look to law enforcement for reduction strategies. However, increasingly over the past few decades, research has shown that you can't have sustained, long term reductions in violence and crime without engaging residents in th...
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