Maximizing partnerships between state agencies, with associations, and advocates can expand the state’s capacity to support student mental health and wellness and academic achievement. The New Jersey Department of Education looks forward to expanding partnerships to positively impact outcomes through the reach of partnerships.
New Jersey is proud to work with the National Partnership for Student Success (NPSS), a recently created coalition at the federal level working to get more adults into high-impact roles supporting students in communities nationwide.
In partnership with the New Jersey Department of State, the New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to contribute to the submission of the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant application. Through this AmeriCorps funding opportunity, the New Jersey Department of State, Office of Volunteerism has applied for $990,000 per year for a three-year cycle to 1) support the recruitment, placement, and training of student tutors, mentors, and success coaches, to help students succeed academically and support their mental health and overall wellbeing, in line with the goals of the National Partnership for Student Success; 2) generate significant, measurable improvements in the number of volunteers generated and retained in New Jersey; 3) expand the capacity of connector organizations to recruit, manage, support, and retain volunteers in high-quality assignments; and 4) assist in efforts to help local communities respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. This information will be updated upon final award determinations from AmeriCorps.
In partnership with the New Jersey Department of Human Services and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the New Jersey Department of Education is committed to support the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT), a federal program designed to help families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), but were unable to receive benefits because their school was closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.