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Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway

200 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07101
http://www.teemgateway.org
Contact Information
Mr. Kenneth Karamichael
Director
732-932-9271
teemgateway@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Specifications

Emphasis:

Prevention, Intervention, Recovery/Reentry

Age/Grade Level:

Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adult

Gender:

Male/Female

Ethnicity:

Unspecified

Target Settings:

Inner City

Target Groups:

Individuals, Clusters/Groups, Grade Level, School Wide

Other Participation Criteria:

Unspecified

Description

The Youth Education and Employment Success (Ye2s) Center seeks to improve measurably the quality of life of Newark youth by expanding their educational, vocational, and employment opportunities. Under a unified collaboration among the City of Newark, Newark Public Schools, Communities In Schools, NJ Juvenile Justice Commission, The Nicholson Foundation, Rutgers University, and numerous community-based organizations, this innovative center is strategically located and organized to ensure a safe environment, with optimal delivery of youth services. The Ye2s Center provides the highest quality opportunities for lifelong learning and career development by building bridges between the needs of disconnected young people and individual and integrated delivery of counseling, training, and placement services. Each of our community partners is dedicated to supporting participants through personal commitment and advocacy. On a citywide, collaborative basis, we deliver positive youth development programs and services that add measurable and marketable skills to our young people and the organizations that will be collaborating as partners.

Program Descriptors Include:

Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Bullying/Violence, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Computer Assisted Instruction, Counseling/Advisors/Coaches, Early Childhood Education, Extended-School/Summer Program, Extra Curricular, Family/Parental Involvement, GED, Homeless, Literacy Development, Mentoring/Tutoring, Middle/Early College, Professional Development, Service Learning, Students with Disabilities, Study Skills, Substance Abuse, Teen Pregnancy, Virtual Learning, Alternative Education, Life Skills Training, Transition Program, Small Learning Communities

Program Rating:

Moderate Evidence

Starting Year:

2004

Students Served Per Year:

500+

Last Verified:

January 31st, 2011

Strategies for Locating Students:

Unspecified

Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:

Unspecified

Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • No extracurricular participation
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Family Factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Large number of siblings
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School Factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios
  • School size: too small/too large
  • Race/ethnicity
  • School math achievement
  • School policies and practices
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Community Factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability
  • Youth social attitudes

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament

Competence

  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $500,000 + or $2000 + per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Federal, State, Local/City/County, District, Donations, Foundations, Faith Based, Service Clubs, Organizations/Agencies

Program Staff Includes:

Teachers, Counselors, Volunteers, Social Workers, Graduation Coaches, Parents, School Administrators

Materials Used:

Media/CD/DVD, Instructional Texts/Manuals, Computer/Internet Based

Supporting/Partner Organizations:

Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
The Youth Success Center has adopted a multi-prong approach to reconnecting students to education and vocational opportunities, and providing onsite social services. To better serve youth walking through the YES Center, staff have streamlined the intake process and linked intake and assessment protocols with the YES Center database, allowing for student information to be stored in one central location and continuous communication between the data manager and intake coordinators. The Center has formed relationships with mental health partners and organization offering substance abuse and mental health counseling, and Family Crisis Intervention Service Unit (FCIU), an arm with the Essex County Juvenile Services Unit. These partnerships help the Center coordinate a mental health network to assist in gaining access to additional mental health providers and intervention units. Over 2,000 students have reengaged/return to high school as a result of this center since opening 3 years ago.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level
Outside experimental studies

Additional Evaluation Information: