NJ LEEP End of Year Board Campaign



77% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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"I'm a single parent. I struggle and do what I have to do to take care of my kids. NJ LEEP has become by second arm, a second parent to me and my kids. NJ LEEP has been the foundation that we need." - Sherma Byer


Growing up in Newark as an African American boy with a single mother, Sherwin and his family knew that the odds were against him. Through four years in our program, Sherwin slowly recognized that investing in his education was essential to his success. Thanks to supporters like you, over the past decade, Sherwin and 112 of his NJ LEEP classmates have graduated from high school and gone to college, a milestone 2/3 of their peers in Newark will not achieve. 


In May, Sherwin graduated from Drew University and began a full-time job as a Business Development Associate! We are so proud of the man that Sherwin has become. Please consider a gift to NJ LEEP to help other students follow in Sherwin's footsteps. With your support, we can make a real difference in the lives of our students and in our community.



$5,000 - two months of writing class for all 140 College Bound Program Students

$2,500 - college application and matriculation support for one senior and their family

$1,000 - our year-long ACT prep program for two juniors

$500 - a Life Skills course for two freshmen

$250 - one debate cycle of support for a sophomore

$100 - one student to travel to a summer internship at a Fortune 500 company

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