Meet Our Partners

Engaging students through local citizenship.

HLLC students are passionate about people and the communities they live in. For them, engaging communities goes beyond being an HLLC core initiative: it’s a way of life. Local Newark businesses and individuals provide opportunities for HLLC students to exercise their local citizenship. From volunteer work at a local soup kitchen to part-time employment and internships teaching elementary and high-school students, HLLC students give back and make a difference. The HLLC is proud to partner with several local businesses at present, and looks forward to developing new opportunities in the community.


“HLLC students are our future leaders.  How great to be able to  connect them with younger kids that they can inspire.”
–Dax-Devlon Ross, Regional Executive Director, Northeast Chapter, After-School All-Stars

Every day, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) Newark lives its mission to provide comprehensive after-school (and summer) programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life.

Growing out of the Inner-City Games Foundation in the mid 1990’s, After-School All-Stars is a national program that has served thousands of young people from Los Angeles to Newark. 

“RU-N is so deeply embedded in the community,” said Dax-Devlon Ross, Regional Executive Director, Northeast Chapter. “Organizations want to work with them because it’s clear they want to help, to give back.”

Ross met with HLLC leaders to collaborate on how HLLC students could assist ASAS. Seeking to identify “Near-Peers” (someone to guide the program’s All-Stars like an older brother or sister), Ross felt that HLLC scholars were more than equipped to help their elementary and middle-school aged All-Stars see the pathway to college through a real example.

In Spring 2017, ASAS partnered with HLLC to provide its scholars the opportunity to obtain paid part-time jobs or internships as mentors, program leaders and marketing support staff. Meeting HLLC students where they are, the jobs will enable them to apply their knowledge and interest to guide engagement at the program.

“If an HLLC student is studying one of the sciences, we want them to teach that to the student; to bring it to life for them,” said Ross.  “It’s about developing a pipeline – today’s future leaders helping to create tomorrow’s future leaders.”

The spring offerings seek to provide employment for five to 10 HLLC scholars.  Dax-Devlon Ross looks forward to expanding the partnership, with additional paid and volunteer opportunities.

After-School All-Stars (ASAS)

After-School All-Stars (ASAS) provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life. The ASAS partnership provides HLLC students leadership job opportunities to work with elementary students in Newark schools as program leaders for their summer camp and school year programs. The contact person is Aaron Gibbs,

Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship Newark

The Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship Newark is a two-year Fellowship that provides an amazing opportunity for 16-20 year olds to learn new leadership skills, discuss contemporary issues, explore critical community matters, and take action to solve challenges in the Newark area. Together, Fellows will explore thoughts and ideas alongside other Fellows from across the area and will learn from local leaders in the arts, business, entertainment, sports, public, and nonprofit sectors. The Fellowship seeks to translate leadership potential into reality through a program that includes intensive values-focused dialogues, community-focused social ventures and engagement with current community leaders and mentors.

The BOLD Women's Leadership Network

The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network operates at four institutions of higher education: California State University-Fullerton, Middlebury College, Smith College, and Rutgers University—Newark, which serves as the anchor institution. Ten female HLLC students are identified through a comprehensive selection process and awarded a scholarship. Each awardee possess exceptional leadership abilities, critical thinking skills, a passion for social equity, and the ability to facilitate challenging discourse. BOLD scholars aim to leverage their own identities, strengths, and collective knowledge to positively impact social change and foster inclusive campus environments.

The Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC)

Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) is a new citywide postsecondary network, committed to increasing the percentage of residents with postsecondary degrees, certificates, and quality credentials from the current 17% to 25% by 2025. HLLC will collaborate with NCLC on cultural competency training in the summer for program mentors. Future opportunities may include internships for students interested in urban education, and workshops for high school students on college readiness and the HLLC application process.

RBH Group

Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) has joined with RBH Group (RBH), a Newark, New Jersey based social impact development company, to create a state-of-the-art learning and residence facility with dining, recreational, and academic spaces that will host upwards of 400 undergraduate students. The approximately $70 million, 400-bed Honors Living-Learning Community will be a mixed-use development that will include residences, classrooms/work spaces, street level retail and parking, as well as a vibrant, open space that will be a gathering place for RU-N and the surrounding community.


The Braven program empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation and strong first jobs. Partnering with Rutgers University – Newark and HLLC, the Braven Accelerator is currently offered as a semester-long 2-credit elective course open to all students across all majors. The course is a unique opportunity to gain skills, experiences, and a broader network while earning credit toward graduation.