The program promotes experiential learning as Thomas Edison State’s non-traditional and distance-learning adult students support New Jersey nonprofit organizations in the form of 12-week capstone projects.
Beginning in the fall, 100 Thomas Edison State students will work with 15 New Jersey nonprofit organizations including The Arc/Morris Chapter, Hope Loves Company, LeaderKid Academy, The Midland School, and VolunteerConnect. The foundation selected Thomas Edison State University because of its distance-learning curriculum built on community-engaged service learning and best practices.
“It is very important to assist educational initiatives that empower adults to attain their career goals and build a strong and competitive local workforce,” Jane Kurek, executive director of The Provident Bank Foundation, said in a statement. “TESU has structured a program to prepare students to lead and create positive change in community-based organizations and develop effective public service partnerships with nonprofits.”
“TESU strives to support our adult learners while meeting the critical needs of many nonprofit organizations,” Thomas Edison State University President Merodie Hancock said in a statement.
“We look forward to helping students apply what they have learned in meaningful, real-time ways. This Signature Grant allows for our students to do this while experiencing the power of active citizenship,” she added. “This grant plants the seed for community impact that keeps growing.”
Meanwhile, the Provident Bank Foundation also announced The Urban Social Impact Incubator of Ignite Institute at Saint Peter’s University as the recipient of the Foundation’s $100,000 Signature Grant for 2019 in the Community Enrichment funding priority area.
The Ignite Institute, a Center of Excellence at Saint Peter’s University, was selected for its work to accelerate career advancement opportunities for its students through its newly launched Urban Social Impact Incubator while strengthening small businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises in Jersey City.
“The Ignite Institute at Saint Peter’s University is extremely grateful to The Provident Bank Foundation for this significant investment in its Urban Social Impact Incubator,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s University. “Entrepreneurs create new wealth, jobs and social change. As the nature of work continues to shift, this Incubator will generate an economic impact for our community and our students.”
Programming for the Urban Social Impact Incubator will begin in September 2019. Students will partner with community businesses, gaining valuable work experience and mentorship opportunities in a variety of roles, while strengthening local organizations.