Newark’s Safe Summer Academy aims to foster business skills, wealth generation

A goal of this new program is to teach participants how to earn money and how to keep it

After George Floyd’s murder last year, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka committed the city to providing more community-based antiviolence programs and addressing the root causes of incarceration for at-risk juveniles and adults.

One new program, the Safe Summer Academy, aims to set participants on a path to success. The 120 participants, ages 14 to 40, are being taught a range of skills, including how to start a business. Economic empowerment specialist Marcelle Lashley-Kabore said her goal is to help participants learn how to earn money and how to keep it.

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