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  • Jon Bon Jovi Visits Rutgers Youth Education & Employment Success (YES) Center in Newark!
    engage young Americans and community leaders in candid conversations and determine where efforts are most needed Currently less than half of young Americans have the education training and skills needed to compete in today s workforce by the time they reach the age of 25 In light on this disturbing fact President Obama established the WHCCS in December of 2010 to bring all sectors together individuals business community organizations philanthropy and government to identify solutions to pressing issues such as helping young people succeed The WHCCS Youth Listening Tour focused on local programs that are successfully helping disengaged youths ages 16 24 find mentors jobs and obtain high school diplomas Council Member Jon Bon Jovi hosted these youth listening roundtables at various community based organizations across the country including sessions in New Orleans Las Angeles Atlanta Houston and New York City Each event gave the WHCCS and other local outreach organizations the opportunity to sit and listen to the many challenges that plague the young people in their region In Newark the Youth Listening session was held at the YE2S Center 200 Washington Street and included the youth served by the YE2S Center Newark Now HELP USA La Casa de

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Bon_Jovi_Yes_Center_Youth_Listening_Tour.html (2014-06-13)
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  • New YE2S Center Launched in Trenton | Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway will manage the new Center to serve Trenton's at-risk youth | Rutgers University | NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    management educational and employment placement assistance family services computer based and skill building classes mentoring and more As in Newark Rutgers T E E M Gateway staff will facilitate the Trenton YE 2 S Center operations As part of its core mission to foster education success for long term societal benefit Rutgers is invested in seeing the Youth Success Center model continue to thrive so it can be replicated in even more of New Jersey s urban areas During a tumultuous period for our economy Rutgers University President Richard L McCormick said we should always keep in mind that education is a dependable asset that gains in value and pays dividends both for the individual and for society We cannot afford to have students drop out of school and fall short of their potential Mayor Mack echoed this sentiment Our most important resource is our youth We must continue to find and implement resources to build constructive and positive opportunities for our youth The Daylight Twilight School which provides daytime and evening intensive education for struggling students is a natural fit for this alternative type of outreach program Current students of the school were on hand to share their stories of overcoming adversity At the time when I dropped out of school I didn t know what I was going to do or where I was going to go said Michael Smith When you come to Daylight Twilight you don t just learn books You learn how once you make a connection it keeps you planted it keeps you grounded And once you re grounded then you can take off for the stars In addition to helping students explore educational and career opportunities Trenton YE 2 S Center staff will also offer referral monitoring and follow up support to Trenton

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Rutgers-TEEM-Gateway-Opens-New-YES-Center-in-Trenton.html (2014-06-13)
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  • Let's Move! Newark Campaign Launched | Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway supports Mayor Booker's Initiative to End Childhood Obesity in the City of Newark
    for children but also encourages the participation of adults around them There s a wonderful saying by James Baldwin said Mayor Booker Children have never been good at listening to their elders but they have never failed to imitate them We are going to set the model and set the way Rutgers T E E M Gateway is facilitating the outreach and education components of the campaign T E E M Gateway staff and Director Kenneth M Karamichael chair of the childhood obesity health committee of the Newark Youth Policy Board helped coordinate the press conference We re asking the entire community to join the mayor and to join the city to pledge a healthier lifestyle Karamichael said It s about changing the way you think about eating changing the way you think about moving going outdoors more often and really engaging yourself in the community TEEM Gateway has developed the www letsmovenewark org website which includes a pledge toward a healthier lifestyle that all participants andyouth are encouraged to sign T E E M Gateway also created a public service announcement video see below in support of the Mayor s campaign Let s Move Newark was established by Mayor

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Rutgers-TEEM-Gateway-Supports-Lets-Move-Newark-Campaign-to-End-Childhood-Obesity.html (2014-06-13)
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  • TEEM Gateway Wins UCEA 2010 Diversity Leadership Award | Recognized for Innovative Programs that Serve At-Risk Urban Youth | Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education | Formerly Cook College
    putting the success of our children first said Booker This program changed my life T E E M Gateway manages and continually develops innovative programs aimed at measurably improving the lives of at risk youth in Newark and urban centers throughout the state Among its initiatives is the YE2S Youth Education and Employment Success Center which served 1 300 young people alone in its second year of operation I was referred to the YE2S program when I was 18 said YE2S Center graduate Erick Graham I was misguided misled and confused Thanks to this program I am currently enrolled at Essex County College This program changed my life YE 2 S students and supporters showing off their logoed knapsacks The first of its kind in the nation the YE2S Center provides a safe environment for school dropouts and youth most disconnected from the community The center offers services and guidance to reengage youth with education and the community These kids have been disconnected for years said Karamichael We want to inspire and motivate them Another recent initiative administered by T E E M Gateway is an AmeriCorps program Over 30 AmeriCorps members were recruited and placed this year to serve urban communities around New Jersey Some of these members were once the same troubled youths helped by T E E M Gateway and are now ready to help others The AmeriCorps program enables its members to improve communities and the lives of children while giving them skills to prepare for the real world after their year of service ends said program director Sara Naphas The members often end up inspiring those they aid creating a continual cycle of community service They empower those they help to grow and give back to their community Naphas said Students spend a summer managing a youth farmstand learning entrepreneurial skills in the process T E E M Gateway s Youth Farmstand Program is a more business minded model initiative that provides training and hands on entrepreneurial experience to young people Karamichael said At risk youth spend a summer managing the day to day operations of farmstands learning valuable work and management skills in the process while also supporting local farmers and giving urban residents in Trenton and Newark access to affordable high quality nutritious foods The program benefits everyone youth farmers and the community Karamichael said Given the breadth and diversity of T E E M Gateway s recent innovative and successful initiatives to help young people UCEA s recognition is timely This award is aligned with T E E M Gateway s longstanding commitment to develop new and creative programs and services to support underserved and at risk youth said OCPE s director Ned Lipman We are tremendously proud of the entire staff Founded in 1915 UCEA is among the oldest national college and university associations in the United States UCEA selected Rutgers from among 350 member colleges nationwide to receive its new Diversity Leadership Award which recognizes creative programming that advances academic

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/TEEM-Gateway-Wins-UCEA-2010-Diversity-Leadership-Award.html (2014-06-13)
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  • Rutgers AmeriCorps Program Improves Lives & Strengthens Communities | Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
    helping clients fill out paperwork for government assistance scheduling appointments for them and following up to make sure they ve received help Newark Now was founded by the current mayor of Newark Cory A Booker and serves residents in a variety of other ways from community events to assistance with tax preparation I feel good about what I m doing Pilet said I feel more connected to the community because I m making a difference in people s lives When Pilet struggled through troubled years as a teenager in Irvington Rutgers T E E M Gateway connected him to a strong support system guided him through an employment search and interviews and helped him apply to Essex Community College They were there to help me out a lot Pilet said He has since enrolled at Rutgers Newark and intends to use a 2 363 AmeriCorps education award towards the completion of his degree in management and economics Rutgers AmeriCorps members include former T E E M Gateway clients college students recent graduates retirees and other adults Naphas said All serve at risk communities from Newark to Camden to Asbury Park The program partners with youth development and prevention programs and works closely with the Juvenile Justice Commission in the recruitment and placement of members Leniah Johnson of Seaside Heights is also a Rutgers T E E M Gateway AmeriCorps member He is using his talent as a poet and spoken word artist in an enrichment program at Asbury Park High School teaching students new ways to express themselves Photo by Brenda Perry Rutgers AmeriCorps member Bashir Clark distributes holiday gifts as part of an annual toy drive for children in at risk communities I m basically trying to get them to let loose with their hearts and their minds said Johnson 35 Asbury Park High is a tough place to grow up he said Knowing they can write how they feel and get their frustrations down on paper gives them an outlet I tell them don t worry about anyone judging it Six other AmeriCorps members serve with Rutgers Cooperative Extension s county offices They coordinate enhance and teach after school workshops about health nutrition science engineering and technology They also identify new schools with which the Cooperative Extension office can partner to offer workshops Elsewhere Rutgers AmeriCorps members Recruit volunteers to mentor at risk students for the Communities in Schools of New Jersey Mentoring Success Center Tutor students and organize enrichment programs with the I Have a Dream Program at Newark s Burnet Street Elementary School The Program adopted a class now in the 4th grade and will provide support and future scholarships to help them pursue higher education Educate students and communities through organizations like Newark s Youth Education and Employment Success YE2S Center in financial literacy job skills training creative expression through music and even the art of cooking T E E M Gateway AmeriCorps goals are to improve the lives of children engage the community and

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Rutgers-AmeriCorps-Program-Improves-Lives-Strengthens-Communities.html (2014-06-13)
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  • Rutgers Home Gardeners School | The Science Behind Gardening | Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    workshops participants can learn about a range of topics from lawn care to trees vegetable gardens container gardens and terrariums all in one day This video snapshot of Home Gardeners School features advice on what size garden to plant and how much fertilizer and plant food to use You ll also find tips on how to be a better beginner gardener why a soil test is so important and why

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Learn-the-Science-Behind-Gardening-at-Rutgers-Home-Gardeners-School.html (2014-06-13)
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  • Three-Day Hands-On HEC-RAS Workshop to Simplify Complex Software for Attendees in December 2012 | Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    rivers and channels unsteady flows due to such events as dam breaks or levee breaches sediment movement potential and even water quality analysis for improved floodplain determination and development planning The problem it s a complex program that can make intelligent analysis from the data output a big challenge especially for those who are not properly trained in both its robust features and its limitations Joe Skupien PE PP and hydrology and hydraulics expert with decades of experience will make sense of the program for workshop attendees He ll share the theory behind it provide modeling examples and explain what the software offers and where it falls short all in his trademark dynamic passionate and enthusiastic teaching style Each day of the workshop includes ample opportunity for hands on practice using the software to do sample calculations and solve real problems Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with HEC RAS version 4 0 already installed to get the most out of this program Stormwater management and floodplain professionals will benefit from this HEC RAS training course Skup is the best 2011 attendee project engineer Kerry Engelhardt raved Another engineer who attended with Kerry noted that Joe Skupien brings

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/HEC-RAS-software-mysteries-unraveled-in-hands-on-training-at-Rutgers.html (2014-06-13)
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  • Tree Pruning: Much More Than Just Taking Off Branches | Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
    have attended this once a year class since 2009 and during that same period over 650 people have received tree care training at Rutgers Students in these classes represent municipalities departments of public works parks recreation and highway as well as shade tree commissions tree care companies private landscape contractors golf courses condo associations nurseries and even cemeteries Lessons Learned Many students register for Tree Pruning just to increase their awareness or as one student put it to learn how to stop killing trees But they leave with much more From no more flush cutting to limiting pruning to 25 or less of a tree at a time participants come away with specific new skills and knowledge that they can immediately apply on the job Some of the best lessons were on the basics use common sense extend tree life less is more As J L Thigpen owner of a tree service company noted Pruning doesn t have to be extensive Even those who don t actively maintain trees were enlightened Corrado Caterina of the Borough of Milltown Shade Tree Commission came away knowing how to evaluate a tree s condition for the purpose of specifying third party work a skill that can save the commission time and money Instructor Steve Chisholm scales a tree at Rutgers Awesome Instructors Another reason students register for this and other OCPE tree care courses the reputation of the amazing faculty Not only are the instructors well known tree experts they also happen to be great teachers Pruning instructor Ted Szczawinski is a bit of legend who seems to have a growing fan base Another stellar performance one student praised Awesome as usual lauded another In 19 course offerings taught since 2010 99 of attendees polled gave Ted top marks 4 8 out of

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/tree-pruning.html (2014-06-13)
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