Rutgers University

Newark Fairmount Promise Neighborhood

(NFPN) initiative is part of the federal Promise Neighborhoods program which aims to significantly improve educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in the Fairmount community. NFPN has committed to expand opportunities for the students and families of Thirteenth Avenue/Dr. MLK School. NFPN is currently the coordinating partner of community partnerships and resources for the school.


Rutgers School of Nursing, Center for Urban Youth & Families (CUYF)

The CUYF aims to address the various issues of pediatric health inequities through inter-professional research on asthma, oral health, obesity and adverse childhood experiences. Center members disregard the boundaries of disciplines and work collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines such as education, finance, business, social work, medicine, dentistry and other social and public health agencies from the Greater Newark community.

CUYF’s  Brick City Synergy (BCS) Project was developed in response to a call for proposals (Supporting Youth in their Communities) from the NJ Office of the Attorney General. The purpose of BCS is to develop a collaborative network of existing youth and family service agencies that will provide community-based, family-focused, youth violence prevention services with the goal of preventing and deterring youth from becoming involved in delinquent or criminal behavior in addition to fostering positive youth and family development through coordinated access to appropriate services. The BCS Project supports the goals of the Newark Fairmount Promise Neighborhood (NFPN) initiative.

For more information about the Center for Urban Youth and Families and its programs visit:  Center for Urban Youth & Families



Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits, trains, and assigns college students to administer the Jumpstart supplemental early literacy curriculum. Rutgers University – Newark Jumpstart College students assist preschool classrooms at Thirteenth Avenue/Dr. MLK School in language and literacy development, which is the main premise of the Jumpstart curriculum.


America Reads/Counts tutors

The America Reads/Counts program provides tutoring to students in Newark area schools, including Thirteenth Avenue/Dr. MLK School. The program is administered by the Office of University – Community Partnerships at Rutgers University – Newark.


New Ark Freedom School

The New Ark Freedom School is a Children’s Defense Fund educational and cultural summer program for rising 3rd to 5th grade students at Thirteenth Avenue School. The program integrates reading, conflict resolution, and social action in an activity-based curriculum to promote social, cultural, and historical awareness. Freedom School is directed by the Office of University – Community Partnerships at Rutgers University – Newark in collaboration with the Newark Fairmount Promise Neighborhood.


New Community Corporation Family Friendly Center

The New Community Corporation Family Friendly Center is a state-sponsored after-school and family resource program. The program offers educational enrichment and activities for children in an after-school setting. The program also offers parent and family engagement and support.