The TRiO Programs of New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP) welcomed more than 300 female students from 14 high schools across the City of Newark to campus Dec. 14 for the Newark Public Schools 2017 Newark Girl Power Career Summit. The inaugural event, where the excitement was palpable among a sea of girls dressed in pink “Newark Girl Power” T-shirts, was designed to inspire attendees to network, improve their educational outcomes and ultimately pursue competitive careers.
“Our expectation is that the girls will have gained knowledge from the summit that will help to inform their decision-making about career options,” said CPCP Executive Director Jacqueline Cusack, Ed.D. “This was also an opportunity for CPCP to expand our outreach to the Newark school community through the positive summit experiences of student participants.”
NJIT partnered on the summit with the Newark Public Schools (NPS) Office of Student Support Services, the City of Newark and My Sister’s Keeper, the last an organization dedicated to engaging and empowering young women through mentoring, peer-to-peer support and ongoing programming and workshops. Following opening remarks, the girls participated in a variety of breakout sessions focusing on careers, launching a business and other topics.
“The goal of the Newark Girl Power Summit was to encourage our powerful young women of Newark to be fearless and to dream big! We exposed students to a network of strong, career-oriented women to plant the seed of greatness early on,” said Kelly T. Williams, Ed.D., NPS Special Assistant in the Office of Student Support Services. “The NJIT TRiO Programs have been instrumental in bringing the whole vision to life as they support our NPS students with Upward Bound and college readiness programming. We are so thankful for the partnership and look forward to future events!”