New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources


Project Director:  Sarah Sterling-Laldee
128 Ward Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
Phone: (201) 960-5072
Email: patersonstem@gmail.com

County:  Passaic

Servicing School District: Paterson

CLC Sites: PS 28, PS 2, Alexander Hamilton Academy, CUMAC After School Program (serviced at
                   PS 2)

Partners: CUMAC, Paterson Education Fund, Inner City Ensemble, Paterson Public Library, Camp

Vacamas, Arts for Kids, Passaic County Community College, Boys & Girls Club of Paterson

Serving Grade Level: 4-8

No. of Students to be served: 145

No. of Adults to be Served: 225

Times of Services:  Afterschool: 3:00-6:00 PM; Summer: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Paterson YMCA The E3 University program will run from 3-6pm, Monday-Friday, October 1, 2012- May 31, 2013, with a 4 week summer program which will run from 8:30am-12:30pm (date TBD based upon district calendar). Our program will continue to serve 145 students at 3 Paterson schools - Alexander Hamilton Academy, PS 28, PS  2, as well as students from CUMAC's Learning Center program, housed at PS 2. The student population of these schools mirrors the city's demographics, with more than 90% of students identified as African American or Hispanic. The vast majority of our students live below the poverty line and struggle academically. School 28 has been designated a Priority School because of continued failure to make Adequate Yearly Progress; last year both AHA and PS 2 also failed to make AYP Additionally, PS 2 has been designated a Focus School due to continued disparities between the General Education and Special Needs population within the school. The most likely ways for students at our targeted schools to overcome their challenging circumstances is through college or career. In particular, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are poised to grow exponentially - the US Department of Labor, projects employment in STEM to grow by 34 percent, adding about 2.7 million new jobs by 2018.1 Unfortunately, few individuals in Paterson have successfully pursued STEM careers, as most do not get past high school - only 11.3 percent of the Paterson population has a college degree. While the high school graduation rate has risen by more than 5% in recent years, it is still more than 20% below the state average. We have established our program to create a college-bound mentality among our students and families. We have structured E3 University to emulate the college experience. Students web register for classes, take mandated courses, meet distribution requirements, and accrue credits. All students take STEM courses, as well as study hall, tutoring, test preparation, study skills, arts activities, health & wellness classes, and participate in youth development activities. Parent classes will also have a university structure, with parents earning credits and working towards a "graduate" certificate. Through E3 University, we believe we can prepare students academically, socially and emotionally to be ready for the rigors of college. We will equip them with new tools, provide them with stimulating experiences, connect them more thoroughly to school, peers and family, and develop their self-esteem. We will set them on a path to not only overcome their own hardships, but to lay the groundwork for future generations of Paterson residents to succeed in school and in life.