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Promising Practice of the Month

Summer Work Experience Program
East Orange, NJ


East Orange’s Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) provides city students with services and job training needed to enhance their employment opportunities. The Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training (MOET) solicits work sites from the local business community, which are screened through MOET and the East Orange Chamber of Commerce. The program’s target population is youth ages 14-25 and it’s operating cost is $470,185.00. The funding sources include the Municipal funding, The City’s Community Block Development Grant, and donations from East Orange business community. MOET has incorporated additional programs such as Art, Photography, Entrepreneurial and Skilled Activity Leadership Training Programs.  309 students had the opportunity to open ADP accounts without the extra hurdle of having a cosignatory, allowing the kids to get direct deposit.

To learn more about this program, click here.

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