About Us

Background

Succeed2gether was formed in the winter of 2009 in response to cutbacks in community support systems for low-income families struggling to meet daily needs. Since our inception, we have continued to grow and currently serve over 240 students with educational programs that focus on closing the opportunity gap and ultimately closing the achievement gap through our After-School Tutoring Program (ASTP), our After-School/Weekend Workshop Program, our Spring Break Stay-cation Program, and our Summer Enrichment Program (SEP).

In addition, our Resource Center at 11 Pine St. provides an important connection to the Greater Montclair community. Our service programs, co-sponsored by Toni’s Kitchen, include clothing collections for distribution, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) sign-ups, and a backpack program for our students providing our families with weekly supplies for making nutritious, home-cooked dinners.

Geographical Area Served

We meet the unique needs of school-age students from Greater-Montclair and Essex County, including East Orange, Bloomfield, Orange, and Newark, New Jersey. We provide free and affordable educational programs to these low-income students who may be at-risk academically or who can excel with enrichment.

Our programs help to ensure students are engaged, inspired, and have the skills to stay in and do well in school. While the dropout rate across New Jersey was reported most recently at 1.6% in January 2013, far below the national average of 7.4%, some of the communities we serve including Montclair, Orange, Bloomfield, East Orange, and Newark experience drop-out rates that exceed 30%. In addition, 23% of children in Essex County, NJ live below the federal poverty level. 12% of Montclair High School students qualify for free lunch and 5% are eligible for reduced lunch.

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Succeed2gether Programs

We serve the school-age children of Greater-Montclair with a high-quality, one-on-one After-School Tutoring Program with an all-volunteer team of tutors. All of our tutors are volunteers recruited from the community and are typically retired teachers, professionals, high school honors students, college students.

We recruit, train, and provide on-site support to over 60 volunteer tutors who provide individual instruction in language arts, math, science, and social studies for both low and high achieving lo-income, primarily minority students in grades 1-12 at the Montclair Public Library. Tutoring takes place Monday-Thursday from 3-6pm and runs from September-May.

Homework assistance and fun learning activities supplement this effective one-on-one tutoring experience, facilitating proficiency in core subject areas. An individualized curriculum is developed from assessment tests and tutor evaluations, services usually only found in expensive private tutoring centers. Each student may receive up to 30 tutor hours, conservatively valued in the private market at more than $2,000 for a total of more than $140,000 in free services for some of Essex County’s most vulnerable students.

Measurable Results

Our most recent results are derived from our 2016 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). Before and after-test results over the four-week program resulted in the following:

• Improvement in reading fluency: 5.61%
• Improvement in reading comprehension (maze): 26.27%
• Improvement in math computations: 17.59%
• Improvement in math concepts and applications 27.13%

 

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Board of Directors:

Marcia Marley: President & Executive Director
Ed Remsen: Secretary
Christopher Tietjen, Treasurer
Angelica Allen-McMillan
Claire Ciliotta
Alice Freed
Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin
Susan Gifford
LeRoy Jones
Barbara Kaplan
Carlos Lejnieks
Margot Sage-El
Jonathan B. Simon
Ellen Steinberg
Advisory Board
Mark Alexander, J.D.
Jessica de Koninck