Trenton is a culturally rich community. The New Jersey capital, once an industrial giant, coined the slogan “Trenton Makes, The World Takes.” As factories closed and white flight plagued the city, Trenton transitioned to a majority minority and low-income population.
While vibrant cultural events like “Art All Night” still characterize the city, Trenton faces enormous health and social challenges. In particular, Trenton’s youth suffer immensely. Cycles of systemic injustices fuel obstacles to the success of Trenton students.
According to the New Jersey Department of Education’s 2016- 2017 School Performance Summary Report,
of Trenton’s public school students meet Math State Standards
of Trenton’s public school students meet English State Standards
of high school students are chronically absent, missing more than 10% of school days per year
of Trenton students are college ready
move at least once a year, affecting their housing stability and school attendance
High schoolers report not only having a lack of hope in Trenton but also constantly feeling unsafe. *
Here's how we're breaking down barriers to help Trenton high school girls succeed.
HomeWorks Trenton is a community-based, after-school boarding program that provides academic and social-emotional enrichment activities to supplement public schools, empower women, and build community leaders.
To make it possible for Trenton girls to...
Achieve their full academic potential by supplementing the education they receive in the Trenton School District.
Build social and emotional skills to succeed individually and to positively impact their schools and communities.
Develop a growth mindset, a sense of empowerment and agency, and concrete skills to identify and solve community challenges.
Our mission is to foster a community of empowered young women who strive to achieve their full potential and positively impact the world around them.
Our Theory of Change
PROVIDE DORMITORY LIVING THAT ENRICHES AND BUILDS COMMUNITY
Scholars will regularly attend school, achieve high academic success, and develop self-esteem and a growth mindset as they build meaningful relationships within their HomeWorks community.
EMPOWER YOUNG WOMEN
Scholars will become empowered and empathetic women, uplifting each other to redress inequity as they lead and enhance their own communities.
Scholars will create a ripple effect that impacts civil rights issues. Including education equity, wealth equity and racial integration, enabling citizens to fully participate in democracy.
BUILD COMMUNITY LEADERS TO CREATE LOCAL AND GLOBAL IMPACT
Our Strategic Plan
Proof Of Concept
Secured $89,000 in funding and recruited team and staff
Launched 2017 HomeWorks Trenton Summer Scholars and graduated 5 scholars
Established community relationships and partnerships
Secured $111,000 in funding
Launched 2018 HomeWorks Trenton Summer Scholars and graduated 10 scholars
Increased and strengthened community relationships
Provided post-program support for scholars
Academic Semester Pilot
Secured $80,000 in funding and $100,000 in in-kind donations for 2019 HomeWorks Trenton Semester Scholars (4 month program)
Launch HomeWorks Trenton
Raise $300,000 for full-year HomeWorks Trenton Scholars Program
Future Plans Expansion
Add 10 more freshwomen each year in 2021, 2022, and 2023. At full capacity, we will run HomeWorks Trenton with 40 girls.
Acquire property, enough to house our scholars for long-term sustainability
Free from the bureaucracy and high cost of operating an actual school, our niche model is specifically designed to be scalable and can be attached to any school or group of schools in the country or world. We expect this model to spread to other urban communities as a cost-efficient yet powerful way to positively impact the lives of young people and their neighborhoods.