18 Dec 2015

YBNers as Storytellers

How do you use storytelling to drive social change? This year YBN students and graduates learned just how as part of Rutgers University-Newark’s (RUN’s) newly launched Urban Civic Initiative (UCI) course. Along with RUN students, they discovered how to use …

17 Dec 2015

Graduate Spotlight

Yuleika, Class of 2012 Many YBN students have multiple co-existing challenges that can make the path to upward mobility difficult. But throughout the program, they regularly demonstrate their resiliency and a steadfast commitment to improving their lives. Yuleika is one …

15 Dec 2015

Local Community Mapping Project Enters 2nd Year

For the second consecutive year, YBN graduates hit the pavement to survey two neighborhoods in Newark’s South and West Wards. With a focus on Upper and Lower Clinton Hill, and Fairmount, graduates collected information on vacant properties, different housing types, …

11 Dec 2015

New Jersey Communities Forward Train the Trainer Session

A partner of New Jersey Communities Forward, YBN hosted a full-day training session to prepare community volunteers to facilitate small discussion groups around issues of community policing, police body cameras, the impending consent decree, and other concerns associated with Newark …

09 Dec 2015

Introducing ServiceWorks

This year, YBN welcomed LaRhonda and Jessica, two AmeriCorps VISTA members who are working to design and implement ServiceWorks’ Service Scholar curriculum at YBN and its partner schools. As Service Scholars, students will have the opportunity to further strengthen their …

05 Dec 2015

An International Exchange of Best Practices

Representatives from several South Africa-based agencies visited YBN to learn about the agency’s holistic youth development model and best practices around youth engagement. Individuals from the Department of Public Works, the National Department of Arts and Culture, the National Treasury, …

03 Dec 2015

YBN Co-Hosts LEAD Charter School Open House

Community stakeholders gathered at YBN to learn about the proposed LEAD Charter School that will serve as an additional option for comprehensively preparing Newark youth for college and careers. The mission of LEAD Charter School is to help students ages …