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"Changing Lives One Child At A Time"
PCCI was born in the spring of 1964 when members of two suburban community churches organized a summer program for children in one of the poorest, most neglected neighborhoods in Newark. That program, known as The Center, officially closed on Labor Day, 1964, but the need among the people was too great for the program to end. In February 1965, The Center re-opened as Presbyterian Community Centers and later changed its name to Protestant Community Centers, Inc.
In 2012, PCCI's Executive Committee voted to change the name of the organization to Partnering Community Centers, to best reflect our partnerships with community, school and business partners.
Bridge communities and build relationships through educational and cultural enrichment for the children of greater Newark
BE A TUTOR: CHANGE A LIFE
You can help a Newark student make it through school!
You can make a difference in the life of a student in an under-served community in Newark, NJ who is working very hard to make it through school and possibly be the first one in their family to go to college.
We are looking for committed, caring and skilled adults ( age 18 - Senior) to tutor our children 2.5 hours 1 day per week. To find out how you can help please select here.
SCEEP Enters Into Its 50th Year!
Newark students in grades 2-6 are gearing up for its 48th year of the Suburban Cultural Educational Enrichment Program. The program persists today because Newark students need us today more than ever. With a cadre of dedicated and capable volunteers, PCCI is able to maintain its SCEEP student enrollment at 225. We also anticipate increasing the number of youth we serve through the development of "in-school" programs at Peshine, McKinley and Belmont Runyon Elementary Schools. In addition, we are also working hard to develop new "traditional" SCEEP sites to expand our reach and maintain our signature SCEEP program that has touched the lives of thousands of Newark children and families. It seems that every month, we meet a former SCEEP'er and they always reminisce about how great the program was and the affect it has had on their lives. These moments for PCCI are priceless, and we anticipate that through the persistence of providing youth with exemplar academic, social/civic and cultural enrichment will continue to touch lives for generations to come! We are proud of our students and the SCEEP sites we partner with. We are proud of the provenance that is SCEEP. We persist because Newark students need us and for that reason alone do we forge ahead through a shifting landscape. We ask you to join us in any way you can through volunteerism or through sponsoring a SCEEP student.
Thank you for the love and support you have shown PCCI throughout the years.
Newark students thank you.
SCEEP Scholars Awards Night
On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Partnering Community Centers (PCCI) hosted the SCEEP Scholars Awards Night and Benefit at St. Clare's Academy Street Firehouse in Newark, NJ. The awards night was for Newark students that have excelled in the Suburban Cultural Educational Enrichment Program (SCEEP). The SCEEP Scholars Awards Night & Benefit is a celebration of SCEEP student accomplishments and promotes the importance of advocating and maintaining after school programs for Newark youth. The Lights on After school project that PCCI has allied with calls for an expansion of after school opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one and to ensure working parents that there are safe havens in the after school hours.
The night’s activities included art with the St. Clare's and SCEEP students, an exhibition, dinner and a formal awards ceremony where certificates were given to current and former SCEEP students. The SCEEP students were beaming as they came approached the stage to receive their certificates!
PCCI also awarded certificates to Cindy Stavisky, SCEEP Coordinator from Montclair Union Congregational Church for her work on the Newark Arts Integrated Into Literacy (NAIL Project) and Dr. Jackson, Principal from George Washington Carver School for his years of dedicated support of academic enrichment through the SCEEP Program.
PCCI would like to extend our deepest thanks to the St. Clare’s staff, Regina Fitch and and Annie Chen for working with us in partnership to provide young people with this wonderful event.