Also in attendance were nonprofit and business leaders, as well as Per Scholas alumni, staff and the nineteen students of the site’s first cohort. Per Scholas will provide training and professional development to more than 200 graduates pursuing tech careers over the next three years. A $50,000 contribution from AT&T helped this program expand into Newark.
In July, Yancy joined Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, business and community leaders, and other sponsors to help kick off Newark’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) during a special event at Essex County College. AT&T contributed $25,000 to the Community Foundation of New Jersey to place some 30 Newark teens in a summer university experience in coding, architecture and design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Check out news of Newark’s SYEP launch here.
“Newark has a robust technology infrastructure and quality education partners in its city, which is why we want to help equip area residents with the skills and experiences that will prepare them for careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” Yancy said. “These two programs are great examples of what can happen when nonprofits, government leaders and the private sector team up to strengthen our communities and improve lives.”