Who We Serve
“I wouldn't be the person I am today without NJ LEEP. NJ LEEP helped me become a better me."
—Nakyah Lucas, NJ LEEP Class of 2016, College of the Holy Cross Class of 2020
NJ LEEP helps students graduate from high school, attend and graduate from competitive colleges, and begin careers.
The College Bound Program serves first-generation* and low-income** students enrolled in grades 9-12 from more than 20 public, private, and charter schools across the greater Newark area. Most youth possess multiple risk factors to college matriculation and persistence.
In Newark, college matriculation and success is the exception, not the norm. Approximately 25% of public school students in Newark earn a college degree.
100% of NJ LEEP program graduates have matriculated to college. 85% are currently enrolled or have graduated college.
*We define first-generation college students as those who are the first in their family to go to college and earn a college degree in the United States.
**We define low-income as an income of $70,000 or below for a family of four (for each additional household member, we add $5,000 to the threshold).