HomeWorks Trenton is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides an after school boarding program to underserved middle and high school girls in Trenton, NJ. Our mission: To foster a community of empowered young women who strive to achieve their full potential and positively impact the world around them. We deliberately do not seek to replace, but instead, act as a supplement to the Trenton public school system. We provide the social-emotional and academic enrichment opportunities of a traditional boarding school without the socio-economic limitations, high fixed costs, and scalability issues of an actual school. Our students attend public school during the day and come to HomeWorks once they are dismissed. Here, they receive mentorship and strong academic support, participate in community-oriented activities, and stay overnight in a stable home environment. They board from Sunday nights till Friday mornings so they can re-connect with their families on the weekends. HomeWorks provides underserved students with opportunities that are typically found outside of their urban communities. It teaches a sense of shared responsibility, and fosters an environment that encourages excellence, elements that are often lacking in underprivileged and underserved areas. We are a local solution to a local problem.
Why We Are Unique?
Boarding schools for low-income students are expensive and not necessarily replicable, but they come with many benefits. What sets us apart from other organizations is that we create a niche in which we can take the benefits of a boarding school experience without the bureaucracy of an actual school. Our after-school boarding program will act as an interface between boarding schools and public schools, allowing us to take advantage of both worlds for a fraction of the cost.
After a day at school, students will return to the HomeWorks residence, an environment that offers a safe place to sleep, bonding with their peers, fun activities, daily meals, and educational support.
This summer, we successfully launched a 4 week residential pilot program, serving 5 young women. This pilot allowed us to better understand the community we are serving, and for students and families to learn about the HomeWorks mission. The participants engaged in book discussions, time management and financial literacy workshops, emotional intelligence workshop and discussions, community service projects, daily family style dinners, and much more. During those four weeks, we saw substantial and inspiring growth in the 5 middle schoolers who participated – from the ways they interacted with one another, engaged in discussions, and connected with the community. The scholars truly embodied our core values of compassion, self-affirmation, and empowerment, growing into the leaders who will positively impact their community. Check out our short 2 minute video of our parents and students talking about HomeWorks.