Currently, less than 65% of Newark high school students graduate in four years. Increasing the city's high school graduation rate is critical to Newark's economic and social development. The Newark GradNation Summit is a two-day event designed to bring local, regional, and national stakeholders together to develop a multi-year deliberative process to stem the tide of students leaving school prior to graduation and to reclaim the approximately 4,000 young people in Newark aged 16-24 who are not in school. The theme of the Newark GradNation Summit is “Expanding Educational Pathways for Disconnected Youth.” It will be hosted by the Cornwall Center and convened under the auspices of the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC). Over the course of the next year, the Cornwall Center and the NCLC will manage the development and implementation of the Newark GradNation strategic plan to improve the secondary and postsecondary attainment of Newark residents.
In addition to the Cornwall Center and the NCLC, Newark GradNation’s partner organizations include: America’s Promise; Abbott Leadership Institute; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, & Union Counties (Newark, NJ); Chad School Foundation; Leadership Newark; Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) of Greater Newark; MCJ Amelior Foundation; Newark Alliance; Newark Public Schools; Newark Trust for Education; Newark Youth Policy Board; New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; New Jersey Office of the Attorney General; United Way of Essex and Hudson County; Victoria Foundation; WNET; Rutgers T.E.E.M Gateway; and YouthBuild Newark.