Educational Institutions

New Jersey Seeds Inc

  • Newark, NJ
  • www.njseeds.org

Mission Statement

New Jersey SEEDS changes the lives of motivated, high-achieving students from low-income families by transforming their educational opportunities. We ensure that our students have the knowledge, skills, access and support to thrive at the nation's finest schools and colleges.

Main Programs

  1. Scholars Prgram
  2. Young Scholars Program
  3. College Preparatory Program
  4. Guidance Program
  5. Parents Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Jersey

SEEDS works with motivated, high-achieving students from low-income families in New Jersey.

ruling year

1992

President

Self-reported

Ms. Ronni Denes

Keywords

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education, educational access, educational opportunity, access

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Also Known As

NJ Seeds

EIN

22-3181507

 Number

0448819786

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since SEEDS' founding in 1992, nearly 1,900 high-achieving, low-income students have graduated from its Scholars, Young Scholars or College Preparatory Programs. Once students complete their SEEDS program, they can expect to be placed in selective schools or colleges with substantial (between 90-100%) financial aid. Since 2006, SEEDS has leveraged more than $110 million in financial aid directly from the selective schools where Scholars and Young Scholars are placed. While only 44% of the nation's highest-achieving, low-income students attend college compared with 80% of their high-income peers, 98% of SEEDS alumni who graduated from high school in 2013 enrolled in college.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholars Prgram

The Scholars Program is New Jersey SEEDS' oldest program and its largest. The 14-month program for 8th graders is composed of two three-week residential sessions (The Hill School, Pottstown, Pa.) and Saturdays during the academic year (Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ; The Pingry School, Basking Ridge, NJ; Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, NJ). SEEDS' rigorous, advanced coursework sharpens students' skills in mathematics and language arts, builds test taking skills to prepare for the SSAT, and introduces concepts in human behavior to encourage self-awareness and confidence in new social situations. After the program concludes, SEEDS places its Scholars at selective day and boarding schools across the country with robust financial aid packages.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

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Program 2

Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars Program (YSP) provides academic preparation and leadership development to 5th and 6th graders in Greater Newark. The program consists of two, five-week summer sessions (Delbarton School, Morristown, NJ) and classes each Saturday throughout the academic year (Newark Academy, Livingston, NJ). Students participate in workshops on essay writing and interviewing skills, take test preparation for the SSAT, participate in peer book clubs, are exposed to the arts, and engage in academic classes. After completion of the program, Young Scholars are placed in day and junior boarding schools with robust financial aid packages.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

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Program 3

College Preparatory Program

The College Preparatory Program (CPP) is designed to expand academic proficiency among students in inner-city public high schools, with the goal of increasing the number of students who aspire to, enter and graduate from competitive colleges. The three-year program is currently open to students in Orange and Trenton Central High Schools. Students spend two weeks over three summers and each Saturday during their tenth-, eleventh- and twelfth-grade years with SEEDS. Academic classes focus on mathematics, language arts, writing, science and ACT preparation. Beginning in their junior year, CPP scholars work closely with a corps of volunteer mentors and SEEDS staff to navigate the college application process, negotiate a financial aid package and enroll in a higher education institution.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

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Program 4

Guidance Program

SEEDS' Guidance team works with students in their placement schools, helping scholars to navigate the academic, social, cultural, emotional and family challenges that often arise during the transition to to a new environment. Guidance works with graduates of our Scholars and Young Scholars Programs through their high school graduation. Guidance also works with College Preparatory Program graduates while in college. Guidance team members visit students in their placement schools and colleges annually; host several college tours each year; organize a College Fair with representatives from colleges and universities across the country; help students and families navigate the financial aid process; and assist in placing students in internships and opportunities.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Budget

Program 5

Parents Program

SEEDS parents and families play a critical role in the success of SEEDS scholars. The Parents Program sets the organization apart from almost every other educational access organization. The program aims to address the well-being of the family and provides support as students move into new environments.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

None

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The overarching goal of NJ SEEDS is to transform the educational opportunities of high-achieving, low-income students throughout New Jersey. Each of our three academic programs (Scholars, Young Scholars and College Preparatory) provide the necessary academic and social preparation for our students to enroll in selective schools and colleges.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategy for reaching our goal relies on the following six pillars.
    1. An extremely thorough and selective admissions process.
    2. A rigorous and intensive academic program.
    3. A curriculum that includes enriching cultural experiences and emotional and social development.
    4. One-on-one placement assistance and advocacy.
    5. Professional guidance services provided to all SEEDS alumni through their placement school years.
    6. A unique Parents Program that sustains the families of our students throughout the SEEDS process.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Since 1992, NJ SEEDS has established an extraordinary record of accomplishment in its areas of expertise:

    - Identifying students in low-income areas who have the ability to succeed in the most challenging academic environments,
    - Providing targeted and highly effective academic coursework to supplement the school curriculum and rapidly advance student achievement,
    - Motivating students to perform at exceptionally high levels among a community of peers,
    - Developing leadership and social skills that are crucial to success at competitive institutions,
    - Placing students at carefully selected and appropriately matched schools and colleges, and
    - Ensuring long-term success through systematic guidance.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The indicators of our success include our placement rates and the amount of financial aid offered to our scholars.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since SEEDS founding in 1992, 2,041 students have graduated from its Scholars, Young Scholars and College Preparatory Programs. More than 1,500 alumni are continuing their educations in colleges or graduate schools or contributing their talents to the workforce. More than 950 students are served annually by SEEDS' education and guidance programs.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Jersey

SEEDS works with motivated, high-achieving students from low-income families in New Jersey.

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Financials

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NEW JERSEY SEEDS INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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New Jersey Seeds Inc

Leadership

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President

Ms. Ronni Denes

BIO

Ronni Denes is president of New Jersey SEEDS. Ms. Denes is a lifelong champion of access to education. Before joining SEEDS, she was senior vice president for External Affairs and Strategic Planning at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, an all honors college in New York City that has provided a full tuition scholarship to every admitted student. A contributor to educational research and practice, she was chief operating officer of NACME, Inc. (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering) before moving to Cooper Union. NACME is a not-for-profit organization that creates entrée to careers in science- and mathematics-based fields. Responsible for NACME’s research effort -- a leading source of data and analysis on factors that influence education for the technical workforce -- Denes is co-editor of Access Denied; Race, Ethnicity and the Scientific Enterprise (Oxford University Press). She began her career as a teacher and curriculum development specialist in the New York City Public Schools, and became a consultant to the Chancellor of the New York City Board of Education. Ms. Denes currently serves on the Board of Directors of Art & Remembrance and Westbeth Center for the Arts, where she is immediate past president. She holds a master’s degree in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"“The Pew Charitable Trust’s Economic Mobility Project released compelling data confirming that, for children born to low-income parents in our country, birth is indeed destiny. ‘Forty-three percent of Americans raised in the bottom quintile remain stuck in the bottom as adults,’ the report states, ‘and 70 percent remain below the middle.’ The one bright finding: a four-year college degree promotes upward mobility so effectively that it makes a person ‘more than three times as likely to rise from the bottom rung of the income ladder all the way to the top.’ To, literally, change the lives of low-income students, SEEDS' three academic programs create extraordinary learning opportunities with a single shared endgame - a college education.""

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Susan Present

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?