Pathways to College


1082 Dartmouth Street
Teaneck, NJ 07666
County: Bergen


Ms. Judith B. Griffin

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For support of Newark's Pathways programs at Newark Arts High School.

Organization Background

In 1993, Judith Griffin, then president of A Better Chance (ABC), initiated a program to address the inadequacy of the college pipeline for underserved students beyond those ABC could assist through its network of independent schools. After inception as a Saturday program in Newark, school-based pilot sites were established in Pine Bluff and rural Altheimer, Arkansas and later at Newark's Barringer High School -- differing educational settings deliberately selected to test the program's viability. After ten years of model refinement, Griffin left A Better Chance in 2003 to establish Pathways as an independent non-profit with potential for national impact.

Pathways' mission is promoting educational excellence and college access, success and graduation for under-served high school students and, working through teams of carefully prepared teachers, actively assisting students to become partners and leaders in creating a culture of educational excellence in their schools.

Pathways has operated successfully in Newark, Camden and Orange, NJ, Detroit, MI, Gary, IN, New Haven, CT, and Pine Bluff, AR. In FY14, Pathways operated five program sites -- two in Newark -- in four states. Pathways works in schools where many students are not expected to graduate. Yet, since inception, 100% of graduating seniors have won college acceptance, including selective institutions such as Smith, Rutgers, Holy Cross, Spelman, Wesleyan, Hampshire and The University of Chicago.

Besides Griffin, Pathways leadership includes Charles Gleason, Chief Operating Officer, former EVP at ABC; Marvin Towler, Programs Manager, experienced consultant in the areas of education, management and organizational and personal development; Gregory Prince, Senior Advisor, President Emeritus, Hampshire College.

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