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New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs


Project Director:  Mr. Reinaldo Santiago
390 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07104
Phone: 973-484-7554 x.215
Fax: 973-484-0184

County:  Essex

Servicing School District: Newark

CLC Sites: Luis Munoz Marin Middle School

Partners: Banco Popular, FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development, Inc., Newark Now,  Youth Development Clinic, National Adolescent Sexuality Training Center

Serving Grade Level: 5-6

No. of Students to be served: 110

No. of Adults to be Served: 50

Times of Services:  Afterschool: 3-6 PM: Summer: 8-2 PM

ASPIRA, Inc. of New Jersey is applying to the New Jersey Department of Education to continue a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program serving 110 students (60 5th graders and 50 6th graders) at Luis Munoz Marin School (Marin School) in Newark, New Jersey. The Marin School has failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress, and was in its fourth year as a school "in need of improvement."  Of the students we serve, 99% represent a minority group (76% Latino, 22% Black, and 1% Asian), 99% eligible for the free lunch program, 39% are LEP students and 1% have special needs or a disability.

To help these students fulfill their potential, ASPIRA is proposing to implement the evidence-based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, developed by Dr. Michael Carrera and the Children's Aid Society (Carrera model). This model is composed of seven elements: 1) Educational activities, 2) Employment and Job Club activities, 3) Artistic Self-expression, 4) Lifetime Individual Sports, 5) Family Life and Sexuality Education, 6) Mental Health Services and 7) Full Medical and Dental Care (to be phased in this year). The Carrera model is the only 3-year fully evaluated teenage pregnancy prevention program in the country with statistically proven effectiveness, yielding a 50% reduction in birth rates in communities served, as well as lower rates of physical fighting among participants and high rates of graduating from high school/obtaining a General Education Diploma and attending college. ASPIRA will supplement this model with extensive parent/family activities, engaging field trips and programs provided by community partners Focus Hispanic Center for Community Development, Youth Development Clinic and Newark Now. Please add Banco Popular will help us as business on financial literacy and opening saving account of the students.

We believe that students who participate in the ASPIRA replication of the Carrera model will show improved school attendance, academic performance and increased positive behavior; their families will be more likely to participate in literacy activities and their children's education. Our comprehensive evaluation will demonstrate these outcomes.  By the end of the five years of this 21st CCLC grant, students who have participated in our program will have developed an array of tools and supports that they can build on to break the cycle of poverty, and become successful, productive members of our community poised to help the next generation.

Prudential Insurance has committed $121,911 to the ASPIRA 21st CCLC program, and we are respectfully requesting funding from the New Jersey Department of Education in the amount of $425,000 per year for the next five years. We have also submitted requests to the Horizon Foundation and Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey for the FLSE component.