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GOAL III
INTRODUCTION

NURTURING A STUDENT CIVIC NETWORK TO THRIVE

Engage NJ will establish a statewide network of students capable of success in life and work through a series of innovative programs, events, partnerships and sustained funding.

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Among the coalition of Engage NJ campuses and partners, we have to act transformatively - what we collectively advance must be ecosystems for equality AND engines of economic opportunity, transforming opportunities for this generation as well as those downstream.

 

We will continue to grow the various events and initiatives that collectively build students’ networks and opportunities for success.

INTRODUCTION

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THRIVER: Valeria Izeppi, Raritan Valley Community College

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OUR STUDENT NETWORKS

THRIVE STUDENT CONFERENCE AND FAIR

Since 2020, we have hosted an annual student conference and opportunity fair called THRIVE. In the build-up and during this day-long event, students actively build their networks and relationships with fellow change builders of tomorrow. The event connects students with other college students who are interested in taking their education out into the community and developing the skills to make communities better at fighting inequality and injustice of all forms – from food insecurity to covid impacts, to racial justice, to climate change, to opportunities for a meaningful career pathway.


The Opportunity Fair builds skills literacy and exposes students to professionals from various sectors. Students work on translating volunteerism/service/community engagement into the appropriate language and format so as to put students' best foot forward in interviews, networking, and other professional settings. 

ENGAGECorps

In early 2022, were awarded one of the largest AmeriCorps VISTA grants in New Jersey’s history. Over the next five years, ENGAGECorps will focus on developing college students’ 21st-century skills for life and work, increasing high school completion and college access, increasing college students’ overall health and educating developing minds about the human impacts of climate change in our most marginalized communities. 

Through ENGAGECorps, twenty-two (22) AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time for at least one year at higher education institutions beginning this Fall, collectively providing nearly 40,000 hours of capacity-building work in these areas. ENGAGECorps members will focus on several student success strategies. Engage NJ member campuses are eligible to apply for between one and four ENGAGECorps Members.