The Family Task Force convenes a wide diversity of stakeholders who are committed to improving the quality of life of New Brunswick’s families.
The task force identifies, analyzes and develops solutions to some of the most complex issues facing our city’s families, particularly those that are barriers to economic self-sufficiency. When appropriate, NBT seeks and leverages financial support to invest in solutions that have been vetted through its process that includes the community, the task force and the NBT Board of Directors.
Once the solution is ready, NBT prepares for implementation by working with the appropriate partner(s). NBT’s role is to obtain and analyze data to determine if the solution works. If it does, efforts are made to sustain and institutionalize the strategy within the community partner(s). If it does not, NBT and its partner(s) work to refine the strategy until the desired outcome is achieved. This process has been utilized successfully for over 35 years to build the community’s network of social programs that help families live a better quality of life.
One recent example of NBT’s efforts is in the area of literacy services, which are key to advancing the economic opportunities for New Brunswick families. For this reason, NBT has had a longstanding partnership with the New Brunswick Public Schools Adult Learning Center (ALC), whose mission is to provide instruction and life skills to New Brunswick adults in the area of GED, ESL, Basic Skills Education and other educational and job training programs. In December 2010, the ALC conducted its registration for ESL classes. Due to the overwhelming high demand, over 300 city residents were placed on a waiting list. Upon learning of this situation, NBT provided the necessary funds to eliminate the waiting list by paying for additional classroom and teachers. Additionally, with support from Verizon’s Check Into Literacy Initiative, NBT provided support to the ALC to conduct a family literacy program for 40 families.
Our Program Partners:
New Brunswick Public Schools Adult Learning Center
Puerto Rican Action Board
New Brunswick Free Public Library
Central Jersey Community Development Center
Middlesex County College
Central Jersey Job Developers Association
For a list of our current initiatives, please visit our Evaluation page.