PICS Organization Name
Link Community Charter School
Newark, New Jersey
Public Transportation Available
Alice Xu '20
ission Statement: Link Community Charter School will provide an outstanding middle school education for learners of all academic abilities by developing the mind, body and spirit through a strong curriculum, experiential learning, immersion in the arts, and an enduring commitment to Core Values; this will allow them to be successful in competitive high schools and become responsible and resourceful citizens who give back to others.
Link Community Charter School has a rich history that traces its roots to 1969 when Project Link opened its doors in the heart of Newark, NJ. Link is among a trailblazing group of nonprofit organizations in Newark, NJ founded in response to the social unrest and community needs of 1967. While the city was literally on fire and as many businesses and families were fleeing the city in droves, Link and a corps group of nonprofits began their work. Over the next four decades, Link adapted and responded to emerging needs, while remaining true to its mission to provide a high-quality alternative – both academic programming and space for learning – to available school options.
In 2014, it adapted once again when the school operations transitioned to Link Community Charter School (LCCS), as it added 5th and 6th grade programs to “catch” students earlier during the middle school transition period, and by fall 2015 more than doubled in size to 288 students annually. At that time, it became only the second independent school approved to convert to a public charter school in New Jersey. Today, it is only one of two public charter schools exclusively serving middle school-aged students in Newark, NJ, and is the oldest charter school in New Jersey (taking into account its preceding independent school years). In January 2018, LCCS’s renewal application was approved by the New Jersey Department of Education to continue to operate for five more years and gradually increase in enrollment from 288 to 320. The pre-existing nonprofit organization, Link Community School (Project Link changed its name in 1992), was restructured as Link Education Partners, a separate public charity.
Nearly fifty years later, Link continues to address the persistent achievement gap in Newark, NJ and surrounding towns through a collaborative between Link Education Partners and Link Community Charter School. Together, both organizations serve 296 youth annually in grades 5 through 8, with 83% receiving free or reduced lunch. Through the years, Link has prepared over 2,500 graduates to excel in high school, college and beyond. Most recently, the class of 2018 earned over $4.9 million in scholarships and financial aid to attend many of the best high schools in the northeast.
Strategic partnerships with organizations such as PICS have helped sustain Link by enabling us to stretch resources and tap emerging talent.
The Princeton Intern will serve as the 2017 Summer Academy Assistant Coordinator. S/he will play an active and vital role in the planning and implementation of the summer programs, including coordinating the arts and STEM component, tracking/analyzing instructional and student demographic data, engaging parents, and completing special projects.
- Passionate and committed to Link's mission of social justice, and possess empathy
- Open to receiving and using critical feedback, as well as providing constructive criticism
- Possess a positive outlook and be a positive force
- Adept in Microsoft Office Professional
- Ability to relate to and work well with children
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, with proper grammar and vocabulary usage, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and a commitment to excellent planning and execution
- Ability to work independently to meet deadlines
- Ability to work effectively as a team member, bringing a positive attitude, strong personal drive and motivation
- High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information.
Academic, tutoring, and/or recreation supervisory experience with children, a plus
Past project-based work is a plus
Expected Start Time
Expected End Time
6/10/19 - 8/2/19
Meets Certificate Requirement
While Link does not provide housing, there are a growing number of good housing options in the downtown area near NJPAC and Newark Penn Station. The school is located close to major roadways (Routes 78 and 21) and near NJ Transit Bus stops.
The intern will be able to fully engage in the life of the school during the school day, but will have a couple of opportunities to support programs for parents and students in the evenings
The criminal background check requires scheduling an appointment no later than April 1, 2019 and paying a fee, which will be reimbursed. We will reimburse the cost of the background check.
The substitute certification requires school transcripts. Link will cover the fee paid to the NJDOE.
The TB test (if TB testing was last completed before February 2019) requires scheduling an appointment with a primary care physician, and a follow-up visit to read the results. The intern would incur any costs or copay fees related to the TB test.
The work environment was very welcoming. I was included in much of the school’s environment – for instance, I either sat in on or participated in morning/closing circles, which are dedicated towards announcements, reinforcing the school’s culture, and giving shout outs. -- Alice Xu '20