494 Broad Street, Suite LL10, Newark, NJ  07102

 

 

Organizational  Overview

 

 

Leadership Newark was born out of a desire to strengthen the City of Newark’s civic infrastructure. Leadership Newark continues to create a network of emerging leaders with the drive, knowledge, skills and connections needed to improve Newark’s future.  The Leadership Newark mission is to augment and improve the network of civic and community leaders sincere about serving their community.  In so doing, Leadership Newark paves the road to expanding service for the common good. The two-year Fellowship uses an experiential education model to develop one’s knowledge in areas, which have an impact on the community at the state, county and local levels.

 

In 2013, Dr.Roland Anglin and his team from the Rutgers University Cornwall Center conducted an assessment of the impact and value of the Leadership Newark fellowship program in the community. In his report he noted, “Their personal testimonials are, in effect, the most compelling evidence of the positive and lasting contributions of LN to the city of Newark” referring to the fellows, and further shared,  “There is no question that as a city, Newark is in a far better position than it was before Leadership Newark existed, and that is a great testament to the positive influence of the program and its graduates.” Leadership Newark, Inc. is the only organization in the greater Newark area that recruits emerging or established professionals to have a diverse group of stakeholders delve deeper into public policy issues impacting the Newark community. 

 

The network is 500+ strong.  The personal achievements specifically due to relationship and connections developed are numerous from judgeships & elected office holders to business partnerships and new positions. The collective achievements are born out in their civic endeavors as well as formal/informal support of organizations in the Newark community.  The Fellows have not only bonded, they are committed to the community and one another due to the foundation established throughout the fellowship.

 

The idea that drives Leadership Newark is that of servant-leadership, which is a phrase coined by Robert K. Greenleaf as a key element to building strong communities.  Simply stated, Servant-Leadership is the concept of first serving others, then leading as a way of expanding one’s service for the common good.  Leadership Newark has a competitive application process, which enables the Selection Committee to identify those with a demonstrated track record of civic participation, a burning desire to do more, and a commitment to the community.  The program has been successful in identifying potential civic leaders, equipping them with a deeper understanding of the issues and the skills needed to address those issues.  Leadership Newark connects the participants to a network of key leaders and potential allies who help demonstrate their capacity to help the city through a civic project.  Leadership Newark is sustaining the city’s revival by strengthening its civic infrastructure.

 

Attracting those in the prime of their career, Leadership Newark’s goal is to continue to build a broad strong base of funding from foundations, corporations, businesses, and individuals with an interest in the future of Newark.  The curriculum is structured to have the program participants spend one full business day and one evening each month enhancing their knowledge through debate discussion and involvement on issues such as Environmental Justice and Equity, Immigration, Public Safety, Health & Human Services, Criminal Justice, Education & Governance and the overall impact on urban communities. In the Year I, the commitment is at a minimum, one full business day per month and in Year II, the participant must be available to partner with a local non-profit to work on a community service project benefiting both the non-profit and the community.

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