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Date: 2015-06-08

KIPP New Jersey Honors Newark’s Community Leaders at Annual “Be the Change” Celebration

- Prudential, Newark Councilman Joseph McCallum Jr., Boys and Girls Club of Newark, and KIPP New Jersey Parents Recognized for their Outstanding Work in Service of New Jersey Kids -

Newark, New Jersey - June 9, 2015 – Last week, KIPP New Jersey hosted New Jersey’s elected and civic leaders, teachers, students, patrons and supporters for the eighth Annual “Be the Change” Celebration highlighting the school year accomplishments of KIPP New Jersey's students and honoring the service of Prudential, Inc.; Newark Councilman Joseph McCallum Jr.; the Boys & Girls Club of Newark; and a group of dedicated parents; all of whom are striving to ensure all New Jersey kids have the opportunity to receive a quality education.

This year’s event was the largest in its history, with more than 1,200 people in attendance, showcasing artwork from KIPP New Jersey students, the Newark Collegiate Academy drum line, and music ensembles from KIPP New Jersey’s Seek, SPARK, Life and THRIVE Academy schools. KIPP New Jersey alumna, Jade Broomfield, who recently graduated West Virginia University, along with her mother Jaqueline Broomfield, served as keynote speakers.

Inspired by the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” the event was established in 2007 to celebrate community leaders and parents that embody positive change which impacts schools in the Newark and Camden communities.

"This year’s “Be the Change” event was a great success. For over thirteen years, KIPP New Jersey has worked to ensure every Newark kid gets the education necessary to help them achieve their dreams and this event offers an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments,” said Ryan Hill, KIPP New Jersey Founder and CEO. “It also serves as a reminder that there is still work to be done before we see the day when all of Newark and Camden's children have access to the schools they deserve. Thank you to everyone involved in this year’s event for supporting our work and making that goal attainable.”

The following details the 2015 KIPP New Jersey “Be the Change” Award honorees:

Prudential, Inc.

Prudential, Inc. is a global financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management, with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management.

Prudential has maintained an active and committed presence in Newark and the Newark community since 1875. Prudential has invested over $500 million in Impact Investments and is committed to building this portfolio to over $1 billion by 2020. Prudential’s deep roots in Newark include investments in real assets that improve the lives of both individuals and communities at large.

Newark Councilman Joseph McCallum Jr., West Ward

Councilman Joseph McCallum Jr. was elected to the Municipal Council in 2014 representing Newark’s West Ward, the home of Rise Academy. Born and raised in Newark, he attended Newark public schools and after serving in the United States Air Force, returned to work in Newark before continuing his education. He attended Essex County Community College and Kean University and earned his Master’s in Public Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He accomplished this while working on behalf of and with veterans in East Orange and Newark for over 15 years. He worked for the City of Newark and then joined UMDNJ as a Mental Health Clinician while becoming involved in Newark politics.

Councilman McCallum is especially proud of his work with veterans, in which he used his many years of experience as a Mental Health Therapist, to try and help Veterans turn their lives around. He has been actively engaged in the Newark community as a mentor, volunteer, Big Brother, Professor, and as the president of the Ivy Hill Basketball League.

Boys & Girls Club of Newark

The Boys & Girls Club of Newark is one of more than 4,000 independent Boys & Girls Clubs around the country. For more than a century, Boys & Girls Clubs have helped young people through membership and community outreach Club facilities throughout the country and in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Newark is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. It aims to provide a world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors. The Boys & Girls Club of Newark has been a pillar of the Newark community for over 75 years.

KIPP New Jersey Parents

KIPP New Jersey has a dedicated parent and family network that spends countless hours working and volunteering in KIPP New Jersey schools and the community to support our kids and schools. This year, each school officially launched a parent partnership team. These teams of dedicated parents have made monumental changes happen at their schools and community.

About KIPP New Jersey

In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its door in Newark as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since created a network of school in Newark that serves over 2,700 students in grades K-12 and 100 students in Camden. By the year 2020, KIPP New Jersey will have 10 schools in Newark and five schools in Camden, providing needed world-class college preparatory education to over 4,500 students in Newark and 2,800 in Camden – representing 10% of the children in Newark’s public schools and over 20% of those in Camden.
By offering students effective teachers, leaders and administrators, and dedicated to closing the achievement gap, college readiness, and college completion, over 500 alumni are currently attending or have graduated from college. Visit