Mission & Vision

Our Mission is to significantly improve the preparedness of high school students for postsecondary education or job training leading to career paths that are fulfilling and pay a thriving wage.

Our Vision is that Newark’s youth exist in an ecosystem where they receive the individual support, career exploration, professional and social development necessary to thrive economically and socially!

Our Story

Founded in 2019, Newark Youth Career Pathways (NYCP) is a collaborative, citywide initiative that aims to significantly improve the preparedness of Newark high school students for postsecondary success.

We focus on helping young people build personal agency, acquire industry credentials, and chart fulfilling career and/or entrepreneurship paths to end in a thriving wage career.

NYCP engages interested schools to co-opt specific student classes for year-round supplemental development in career preparedness; then we partner with existing, specialized youth development organizations to coordinate them with these classes to provide year-round programming to help students achieve “Postsecondary Success” from high school to college or career training.

NYCP is founded and staffed by local people and partners with keen expertise and proven track record for positive youth outcomes.

NYCP serves a rapidly expanding cohort of NYCP Career Fellows in Newark Public Schools and Essex County Technical Schools as a part of their career/technical education (CTE) classes. Our program is aligned with state of New Jersey CTE standards and brings opportunities to students in schools, thereby eliminating the barrier of access that prevents so many Newark students from participating in youth development activities. 

NYCP coordinates local non-profits to lead in-school workshops in 5 different development areas to provide career and post-secondary education preparation to all Fellows. The development areas are:


Power Skill Development

Leaders of the 21st Century


Financial Planning Skills

Early Learning Financial Literacy Program


Post-Secondary Career Counseling

Center for PreCollege Programs – Rutgers, Newark


Civic Engagement

Abbott Leadership Institute


Career Exploration Experiences

Goode Education Group

We Accomplish This By:

Connecting dynamic youth development programs, local career and educational opportunities to NYCP Career Fellows in their natural classrooms.

Providing access to opportunities that expand Fellows’ vision for the future and their place in the world.

Supporting NYCP Career Fellows in the development and implementation of post-secondary plans. 

Empowering NYCP fellows with the skills and confidence needed to fulfill their greatest potential.