NEWARK, NJ — Barclays has awarded $25,000 to the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) to support summer programming for Newark high school students in the College Pathway Initiative.

Since 2017, the College Pathway Initiative has recruited a diverse group of Newark 10th graders to participate in early college planning and preparation. Students remain with the program through high school graduation and the transition to college. The first class of College Pathway Initiative Fellows graduated high school this year and about 90 percent of those graduates are starting college in the fall.

Students visit the Barclays Whippany Campus on July 19, 2019

The Summer Leadership Institute sponsored by Barclays allows NCLC to extend the College Pathway Initiative to include summer programming. Approximately 50 rising high school juniors and seniors are participating in five weeks of college prep and career development programming with an emphasis on 21st century learning skills. The Summer Leadership Institute sponsored by Barclays also integrates writing skill development, arts and social justice, and community service.

In addition to providing funding for the Summer Leadership Institute, Barclays is also supporting the program’s career development component with experiential learning opportunities. On July 19, Barclays professionals hosted a mock interview session with the students at their Whippany Campus. The Barclays staff also shared insights with the students on their career pathways and professional networking.

“The Summer Leadership Institute sponsored by Barclays is an amazing opportunity for our students to use their summer wisely by engaging in early college and career preparation. We are extremely grateful to Barclays for making this possible for Newark youth,” said NCLC Executive Director Reginald Lewis.

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