Youth Leadership and Success Project

The Youth Leadership and Success Project (YLSP) is the first program of its kind in Newark that intentionally blends a cohort of traditional and opportunity youth in support of college and career planning and development. A partnership between NCLC and the Opportunity Youth Network, YLSP utilizes a social justice curriculum to support the development of youth voice and empowerment, enabling young people to develop a global perspective on justice and citizenship. The ultimate aim is to assist each YLSP Fellow in mapping a path to college and/or career. Saturday Academies include life planning activities, exercises on self-awareness, and seminars on leadership, the city’s history, and youth advocacy. Fellows also engage in service learning and participate in college tours and cultural excursions. An initial cohort of 50 young people was selected for this first year. YLSP will eventually grow to 200 participants by the year 2020.

For more information on YLSP, please contact Kimberly Ledgister, YLSP Project Manager, at