Newark Girls Rock!

Newark Public Schools, NJIT Girl Power Event Brings Students Together with Professionals for Power Summit on Life and College & Career Readiness


NEWARK, NJ – December 21, 2017 – More than 300 girls from Newark Public Schools high schools rocked NJIT at the first Newark Girls Rock event on December 14. Kelly T. Williams, Ed.D. Special Assistant, College and Career Readiness for NPS, who created the event said, “The summit was designed to be an empowering career day for NPS girls. The day included breakout sessions on career paths, college prep, beauty, safety, and more. Special thanks to NJIT President, Dr. Joel Bloom and Angelica Allen McMillan, Ed.D. for participating in the opening panel, as well as others.

Dr. Williams said, “The NJIT TRIO partnership (NPS, NJIT and Rutgers) has been instrumental in bringing the whole vision to life as the event also served as an extension of the upward bound college and career readiness support provided throughout the school year.” She said the goal of the Power Summit was to “encourage our powerful young women of Newark to be fearless and to dream big! Exposure and access are both so critical!” She added, “We exposed the young queens to a network of strong, career oriented women to plant the seed of greatness.”

The Office of College and Career Access oversees the work of School Counselors and related district programs. Through the implementation of a developmental guidance curriculum and use of the Naviance online career guidance program, students engage in career and post-secondary education exploration throughout the elementary and secondary grades, increasing awareness and promoting readiness for the student’s chosen course of study. Dr. Williams added, one of our primary goals is providing all students with information on post-high school education, college, careers, and vocational options and the tools to make wise choices about their future.”

Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent, High School Network, who served on the opening panel said, “This event was beyond inspiring as I looked into the faces of our future in the audience and felt a sense of calm as I now know that we are in great hands.  The young ladies’ energy and enthusiasm were palpable.”

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