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We envision a world where Newark residents see themselves represented in the news and play an active role in shaping the narratives about the city where they live. Newark’s future is deeply intertwined with the stories told for, with, and about its people. In order to promote informed and engaged communities, this project creates journalism that centers lived and historical experience as part of supporting community-driven solutions, growth and development.News Voices seeks to elevate the untold and underreported stories of Newark, by listening to city residents, building deep relationships with them, and producing community-centered journalism. A collaborative initiative of WBGO and Free Press, News Voices is a year-long project led by a Newark resident working inside of the newsroom. Brit Harley, a resident of Newark’s South Ward, serves as a respected advocate and voice of the people, so their perspectives, experiences, and expertise are better reflected in news coverage of the city.

Newark is Mentor City

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Last August, Thomas Owens became the Executive Director of Mentor Newark, formerly known as Newark Mentoring Movement. Owens was integral to the development of Eagle Academy School for Young Men in Newark, New Jersey. He was responsible all corporate and community partnerships. Some of these partnerships included New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Mentoring USA, Prudential, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, and St. Peter’s Youth Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The vision of the Mentor Newark is that all school-aged youth have supportive, high-quality mentoring relationships with adults and older youth in their community, complementing family relationships. 

Mentor Newark works to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships serving Newark youth. The organization which provides training, professional development and support services for schools, organizations and individuals seeking to serve Newark youth through mentoring. 

Owens made a vow that all of his work moving forward will be in memory of his father and mentor, Charles.

To find out more about Mentor Newark, visit www.newarkmentoring.org