all the way up
adult education center
All The Way Up began in September 2016 as a tutoring program for students in Newark’s Central Ward who wished to work towards completing their High School Equivalency Exam (GED).
This initiative is an outgrowth of Newark Shared Ministries, a partnership between urban and suburban churches and agencies in the region, including House of Prayer in Newark, Christ Church in Short Hills, St. Paul’s in Chatham, and The Episcopal Diocese of Newark. Newark Shared Ministries partners, through discernment, came together to ask ‘Who is our neighbor?’. Keenly aware of the forces that divide, they were passionate about building bridges through mission, focusing on community health and education initiatives.
All The Way Up staff are building and fostering partnerships with community centers and churches throughout the City of Newark, visiting with area leaders and community advocates to talk about the program and recruit new students and tutors. As Newark rapidly changes and the downtown revitalized, All The Way Up is a part of that renewal.
In April of 2017, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka launched a job program called the Newark 2020 Initiative, which aims to find full-time employment for 2,020 residents by 2020. The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice found that only 18 percent of the jobs in the City are held by Newark residents, and that there is a wide economic disparity between those residents and the corporate commuter workforce. The study finds that although the population of Newark is primarily black and Latino, 60 percent of the workforce is white.
“Newark 2020 is an unprecedented initiative in the city of Newark, bringing together the city’s business community, higher education and medical institutions, non-profits, clergy, philanthropies, and workforce development programs to reduce poverty and unemployment and strengthen the city’s economy by the beginning of the next decade”
– Mayor Ras Baraka
All the Way Up is in a unique position to provide educational opportunities that support both the Mayor’s and the City’s objectives in the Newark 2020 Campaign, and lives out Newark Shared Ministries’ original mission of asking, ‘Who is our neighbor?’ by serving the community of Newark through education.
New educational tracks were added in Fall of 2017, including Adult Basic Education, GED, Job Readiness, and Computer Literacy. Students work in small groups with tutors based on academic level and educational track.
New curriculum is being used that is specifically geared to either GED preparation or Adult Basic Education. All students also participate in a class reading project each semester. All The Way Up places a large emphasis on improving reading and writing skills for students, which are essential skills for the workforce and in continuing education. A generous donation from Penguin Random House provided students with personal copies of five popular classic novels.
All students in All The Way Up may participate in Job Readiness courses and other special workshops and seminars as a part of their enrollment.
A great strength of All The Way Up is its strong core of volunteer tutors who give freely of their time to provide personalized attention to students and ongoing mentoring and support.
All The Way Up gratefully acknowledges its grantors in providing funding for our programs:
UTO (United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church in America)
Alleluia Fund (Episcopal Diocese of Newark)
The Thenen Foundation
ACTS/VIM Grant (A Commitment To Serve/Venture In Mission)
Christ Church, Short Hills, NJ Outreach Grant
Gertrude Butts Scholarship Fund
Marge Christie Congregational Growth & Vitality Fund
St. Paul's Church, Chatham, NJ Outreach Fund
St. Rose of Lima Ladies' Auxiliary, Short Hills, NJ