United Way of Essex and West Hudson Receives $280,000 PSEG Foundation Award

Oct 06, 2010, 06:00 ET from United Way of Essex and West Hudson

Funding will help support eight organizations that provide essential learning services to over 1,000 youth in Essex and Hudson Counties

NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Way of Essex and West Hudson (UWEWH) is proud to announce that they were awarded $300,000 by the PSEG Foundation, in support of the PSEG/United Way After School Collaborative.  The funding will benefit eight organizations that provide high impact extended learning opportunities (ELO) for youth of Essex and Hudson County:

"Supporting quality extended learning time opportunities through the PSEG After School Collaborative is a cornerstone of our work to increase graduation rates throughout our 13 municipality service area," said Brooke Barrett, Director of Grants and Strategic Development at UWEWH.   "We know that based on  research conducted by one of our partners, Citizen Schools, traditional public schools that have adopted ELO have reported substantial improvement."

"In one pilot study, the number of schools making Adequate Yearly Progress doubled in math, and increased by 40% in English after the first year of providing a high quality ELO program, " Barrett said. "ELO is not an option for our youth -- it is a requirement for ensuring their academic success."

The PSEG/United Way After School Collaborative brings together a cohort of highly effective ELO providers on a quarterly basis for peer-to-peer conversations and professional development on issues such as program design and evaluation; working with exceptional students; and strategic planning. UWEWH will be providing these workshops as well as providing on-site technical assistance to providers.

"We are proud to once again partner with the United Way of Essex and West Hudson and its outstanding after school partners," stated Vaughn McKoy, President of the PSEG Foundation. "This award represents PSEG's continuing commitment to and recognition of the impact of after school programs in Essex and Hudson Counties."

"The collaborative aspect of this initiative is incredibly powerful," added Keith Green, President and CEO of UWEWH. "Bringing together a number of community partners and allowing them to learn from each other, as well as receive capacity building assistance from the United Way, will create even stronger outcomes for our youth."

For more information about the PSEG Foundation, please visit:

http://www.pseg.com/info/community/nonprofit/foundation.jsp or contact Everton Scott at 973-365-5430, everton.scott@pseg.com

For more information about the United Way of Essex and West Hudson, please visit www.UnitedWayEssex.org or contact Brooke Barrett at 973-854-2230, bbarrett@uwewh.org

SOURCE United Way of Essex and West Hudson