Empower At-Risk Teens to Become Role Models for The Kids in Their Neighborhood
Violence, drugs, lack of education, and abuse run rampant in impoverished urban communities across New Jersey and Michigan. Children in these under-resourced areas are 50 percent more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol after school. Ultimately, only 9% of these children will graduate from college by age 24.
Innovative Solution: One organization said no to cyclical poverty and developed an effective program that loves kids for change. New City Kids is an after school program with a trickle-down effect. Teenage students sign up for a paid internship in which they not only receive mentorship and prepare for college but they also pass the love down and tutor younger students K-8. New City Kids develops a leadership mindset, a musical creativity, and a strong college ambition in all of its students. And it's working.
Impact: New City Kids has become a platform for trajectory-changing, poverty-breaking transformation for the hundreds of teens who have gone through the program. Since 2008, 99 percent of these teen interns have matriculated into college and 90 percent have graduated college. The after school program serves 243 children every day and 1,840 classes have been taught by NCK teens.