The LEAD Charter School community doesn’t end at our front doors. As members of the Newark community, we’ve created partnerships with organizations across the city to expand our network of resources as we work to eliminate barriers to students’ success. Some of our partnerships include:

YouthBuild USA

The YouthBuild model was created in 1978 and has since expanded to 225 programs internationally. When YouthBuild Newark (YBN) established the Newark Opportunity Youth Network (OYN), we began an innovative youth-focused initiative that advocates for and provides direct educational and support services for opportunity youth throughout the city of Newark. YouthBuild’s model combined with our emphasis on social-emotional learning has allowed us to implement a “whole student” approach to learning and development that includes rigorous academics and workforce training.

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Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (DAYAM) is helping LEAD Charter School establish a culture of wellness by empowering our young people with knowledge of the healthcare system. Throughout the year, DAYAM works with our staff to enroll students in primary medical care, provide support and resources to our pregnant and parenting students, and increase knowledge of basic health topics, such as nutrition, healthy sexual behavior, and mental health.

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My Brother's Keeper Newark (MBKN)

My Brother’s Keeper Newark (MBKN) has established programs focused on empowering young people to advocate for the issues that matter to them. In collaboration with LEAD’s Youth Policy Council, MBKN is using advocacy to develop knowledgeable leaders in the school community and the greater city of Newark.

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Newark Alliance

The Newark Alliance is focused on establishing apprenticeships and career pathways for residents in Newark. Through our partnership, we hope to cut through any barriers that could inhibit LEAD students and alumni from prospective opportunities of growth and success, and connect them directly with career pathways.

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LEAD partners with PGIM, the global investment management business of Prudential Financial, help our young people develop the soft skills they’ll need upon entering the workforce. Each month, PGIM employees facilitate engaging, hands-on workshops. Whether it’s resume building, conflict resolution, public speaking or mentorship, PGIM is preparing our young people for success after graduation.

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LEAD Charter School of Newark was selected as one of 50 schools to pilot Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), an established evidence-based approach to drug prevention and substance abuse intervention. This model has been used throughout the Garden State since 2012, but now it’s being introduced into schools like LEAD, allowing educational spaces to join the fight against addiction.

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