In 1995, the Science Explorers Program was the recipient of a start-up grant under the YouthAlive! Project, a national initiative, funded by the Dewitt Wallace Readers Digest Fund in partnership with the Association of Science-Technology Center (ASTC). The initiative called for the development of programs in museums that could provide positive work and learning opportunities for young people.
The Newark Museum, in keeping with its long history of actively addressing the needs of its community, designed the Science Explorers Program to cultivate community-minded and active citizens, create scientifically and artistically literate students, and instill 21st Century job skills in students.
Through the years, the Explorers Program has evolved into a successful college and job preparedness program that provides invaluable education, employment, and mentoring opportunities to urban youth. Partnerships with some of the area's finest art, academic, and scientific institutions provide challenging educational experiences for our students. Working both independently and with their peers, students develop and refine problem solving, teamwork, and leadership skills.
In the past 10 years, 100% of students graduating from the program attended institutions of higher education. Many alumni return to work at the Newark Museum as part-time and full-time staff. In the past 21 years, since its start, the Explorers Program has served about 230 inner city youth.
Major funding provided by:
With additional generous support from Victoria Foundation; Prudential Foundation; The New York Community Trust, Wattles Family Charitable Fund; Provident Bank Foundation; AT&T Foundation; United Airlines; Laura J. Niles Foundation; Charles E. and Edna T. Brundage Charitable Scientific and Wild Life Conservation Foundation; The Lucy and Eleanor Upton Charitable Foundation; Rich Moncrief; and Rochelle and Ronald Karp