Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/28/2023 - 6:00 PM
Category: Instruction & Programs - Votes
Type: Action
Subject: 17.16 AspireNJ Youth
Strategic Plans:
Priority 5.2
5.2 Build and strengthen capacity across the district to provide an array of student support services and to continuously plan for, implement, and evaluate student supports in schools and at the district level.
Priority 5.3
5.3 Implement prevention and early intervention strategies that include a full continuum of services to address the basic needs of all students in classrooms and schools in order to decrease the need for higher-level services.
File Attachment:
Aspire Letterhead (3).docx
Summary: Whereas, the Newark Board of Education has chosen to engage in AspireNJ Youth; and

Whereas students of the following three schools will participate, Barringer High School, Newark School of Fashion & Design and University High School during the academic school year 2023-2024; and

Whereas 15 female students, per school site, will participate in a clinical program that aims to provide a safe and nurturing environment to enhance their emotional resilience, stress management skills and overall well-being; and

Whereas the program will consist of weekly 1-hour clinical sessions, allowing participants to engage in expressive art therapy practices that promote mental and emotional balance; and
Whereas school social workers and teachers will be surveyed on student progress.
Funding : Not to exceed $41,000
Recommendation to the Board: Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, Newark Board of Education accepts the participation in Aspire NJ Youth.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Maria Ortiz - Assistant Superintendent
Signed By:
Roger León - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Josephine Garcia Moved, Member A'Dorian Murray-Thomas seconded to approve the Original motion 'Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, Newark Board of Education accepts the participation in Aspire NJ Youth.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 7 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 7 - 0
Josephine Garcia     Yes
Dawn Haynes     Yes
A'Dorian Murray-Thomas     Yes
Hasani Council     Yes
Daniel Gonzalez     Yes
Crystal Williams     Yes
Allison K. James-Frison     Yes