On October 1, Newark Mayor Cory Booker presented a Proclamation to honor Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway as “one of the city’s great organizations” for its work building productive futures for the at-risk youth of Newark and beyond. Proudly receiving the acknowledgment was Kenneth M. Karamichael, director of T.E.E.M. Gateway, a division of the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
The proclamation was issued by Mayor Booker shortly after he provided the keynote address during the Annual Stakeholders meeting of the Newark Youth Policy Board, a group appointed by Booker to guide, coordinate and integrate policy and planning efforts for all youth in Newark. Since its establishment in 2006, Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway has been engaged in a wide range of initiatives to reengage Newark’s youth, including the creation of the YE2S Center in 2008 as a safe haven for young people to reconnect and expand their educational, vocational and employment opportunities. This innovative center is strategically located and organized to help youth reenter school or join the workforce and develop skills to become caring, competent and contributing citizens of the City of Newark.