Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) is a non-partisan advocate for New Jersey’s children, especially the one out of every four children living in poverty. This agency carries out advocacy campaigns in areas child welfare reform, juvenile justice school policy and child health. The Schuman Fund provides operating support for early childhood advocacy.
Early Childhood Development $137,375
Montclair Child Development Corporation provides Head Start services in several suburban Essex County municipalities. The Schumann grant enables the agency to gather data to explore the need for expansion of services to other towns in the area.
Programs for Parents is Essex County’s child care resource and referral agency. Our grant provides continuing support for the establishment of the Montclair Community Council for Young Children and sustainability of the Essex County Council for Young Children to strengthen collaboration among parents, families, and community stakeholders to improve the health, education, and well-being of children from pregnancy/birth to age 8.
This multi-service organization is a hub of family, child, and neighborhood services in a diverse, largely working-class neighborhood in Newark’s West Ward. The Schumann Fund provides support for preschool and Head Start services.
Essex County $120,000
For almost three decades, CASA for Children of Essex County has worked to promote the welfare of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. They train and supervise volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children in court to ensure that each child receives needed services and assistance while speeding them to a safe and permanent home. Schumann provides operating support.
Independence: A Family of Services has served children and families in urban Essex County for more than 45 years – embodying a philosophy of respect for the strength and voice of the community it serves. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
The Schumann Fund provides operating support to this multi-services agency that
Each year Life Camp offers nearly 700 children from Urban Essex County a variety of summer recreational, academic, and character-building activities at its rural campus in Pottersville NJ. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
Director, Catholic Charities Emergency Food Network Program
Since 1980 MEND has provided food to 16 pantries in their communities. The Schumann grant provides support for the agency’s “Health Pantries, Healthy Patrons” program to purchase and transport healthier food options to its member food pantries.
St. Benedict’s Preparatory School is a beacon of academic and social success in the City of Newark. The Schumann grant supports this secondary school’s groundbreaking student counseling program.
The Schumann Fund supports The Salvation Army’s “Grandfamilies Program,” that offers support and guidance to grandparents and other kinship caregivers providing primary care to children.
Public Policy $193,500
The Schumann Fund grant supports the City of Newark’s philanthropic liaison, who works to promote collaboration between private and corporate foundations investing in Newark and city government to ensure that investments are targeted to priorities the city has identified.
The mission of the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition is to significantly improve health care quality and access for residents in the greater Newark area. The Schuman Fund grant supports Undoing Racism training for the Coalition’s Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) workgroup members, residents, and civic leaders from Newark’s West and South Wards.
Elizabeth Reubman, VP, Amplify, Inc.
The Schumann Fund supported Survivors Speak- a two-day conference for crime survivors in Newark highlighting the voices and needs of victims of street crimes.
The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice’s purpose is to undertake analysis and advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged urban residents especially in the areas of basic human needs, freedom from discrimination, job training, educational opportunity and equal access to justice. The Schumann grant support Youth Justice NJ, the institute’s juvenile justice initiative.
The Newark Trust for Education works to develop, coordinate, and sustain efforts to improve public education and student outcomes in Newark. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
Since 2011, the Newark Trust for Education’s Pooled Fund has allocated funds to support a variety of innovative initiatives in the Newark School district. Our grant supports that effort.
The Paterson Education Fund works to boost student outcomes by engaging parents and community leaders in efforts to improve Paterson Public Schools. Schumann supports PEF’s work to bring community voice to education decision-making tables in Paterson and the State of NJ.
The Paterson Education Organizing Council has successfully worked to bring community-driven change to public education in Paterson, NJ. Our grant supports the salary of a part-time community organizer for the effort.
The Abbott Leadership Institute trains parents and community activists to be effective advocates for school improvement in Newark. Our grant supports ALI’s parent training, youth organizing and community engagement efforts.
Nearly 800 youth “age-out” of New Jersey’s foster care system every year. The Schumann Fund grant supports the Rutgers University Child Advocacy Center’s outreach and support to youth transitioning out of foster care.
Mateus Baptista, Policy Advisor
The Schumann Fund grant supports the implementation of the South Ward Community Schools Initiative a joint effort of the City of Newark and Newark Public Schools : a signal effort of the city and school district to partner for positive change.