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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop Series

We are pleased to share an exciting opportunity for Paterson Alliance member organizations only.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace clinic will begin in February 2022 and we invite your organization to participate in this series. During these workshops, cohorts of nonprofit organizational leaders will work through inclusion efforts as they relate to their own organizational challenges and be led through structured workgroup processes where they, as a collective, examine diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. And thanks to the generous funding by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, this series will be offered to Paterson Alliance members at no cost!

The program is designed to build greater self-awareness on how identity impacts the dynamics of power and privilege and examine core elements of the organization to help each take steps to foster a more inclusive organization. The overall aim of these efforts is to unearth critical issues and build upon the strengths and diverse backgrounds, experiences and skill sets of the organization’s workforce creating a sustainable diverse and inclusive organization. Topics for the series include:

  • Session I - Part I – An Open Examination of the Influence of Power and Privilege - All participants; Session I - Part II – Diverse and Inclusive Boards - Board members; Executive Leadership only
  • Session II – Strategic Planning – Up to three from each organization based on role relevance
  • Session III – Fund Development – Up to three from each organization based on role relevance
  • Session IV – Communication and Outreach – Up to three from each organization based on role relevance

The five sessions will be held virtually, beginning February 2022 where each session is up to six (6) hours with time allotment for questions and continued participant project development.

Participation will be determined through an application review process and each selected organization must commit to have organizational representation attend all five sessions. The application and program overview are enclosed with this letter. The application deadline is Friday, January 7, 2022 at 6 pm.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Think Pre-K Think Success

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Studies show that 90% of a child's brain development occurs before the age of five.  Studies have shown that kids who attend preschool are less likely to drop out of high school or commit a felony and more likely to attend college and own a home. The benefits of preschool are evident in all socio-economic groups, and greatly improve a child's chances of academic and social success when they enter school.

Paterson Alliance is committed to ensuring that every child recieves high quality child care and the opportunity to attend preschool.  Through the Paterson Early Childhood Coalition (PECC) Paterson Alliance partners with more than 20 organizations that serve the Paterson community and share our commitment to improving the lives of  Paterson's youngest residents. The PECC's Think Success and Think Pre-K programs provide the public with information that stresses the importance of early learning and the benefits that young children recieve from attending preschool.

Specially trained Early Childhood Education Navigators provide community outreach at special events throughout the City of Paterson. Our Navigators share information with parents and offer free assistance and support on the path to obtaining high-quality childcare and preschool enrollment for their young children.


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 Paterson Alliance Grant

Paterson Alliance wants to propel our mission by supporting the missions of our member organizations. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Paterson Alliance has awarded grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to member organizations to help fund projects that will directly impact Paterson residents. 


2021 Paterson Alliance Grant Recipients

 Solid Foundation Youth Outreach Inc. -  Provides community buildiing and youth mentorship through skateboarding and art. Solid Foundation will purchase computers to expand their art department and afterschool programs at their new facility aross the street from  Great Falls National Park.

 The Inner City Ensemble - Offers free dance training and  performance opportunities for Paterson youth. Inner City Ensemble is developing a pilot program for Paterson middle-school students. The program will offer year-round weekly, dual-language dance training that focuses on multi-cultural themes and learning about dance in English and Spanish.

 The Mindful Awareness Academy for Children - The Mindful Awareness Academy for Children (MACC) will offer a program for Paterson high school seniors. The program will help prepare scholars for college, both practically and emotionally.

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 Paterson Alliance Apprenticeship Program

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Each summer the Paterson Alliance hosts the Paterson Alliance Apprenticeship Program (PAAP). The PAAP is a summer youth employment program that is open to Paterson students who are entering their junior or senior year of high school. Nine students are chosen each year to participate in the paid 7-week program that includes a one-week orientation and a 6-week paid summer internship at a nonprofit agency that serves the Paterson community and is also a member of the Paterson Alliance.

The main focus of week one is orientation and preparing the apprentices for what is often their very first job.  They receive training in dress codes and appropriate workplace behavior. In addition to job readiness skills the students receive information on college preparedness and participate in exercises to improve their financial literacy. Paterson Alliance also invites guests to speak to the apprentices about some of the many career choices that are available to them.

Once they successfully complete orientation the kids are off to complete their 6-week summer apprenticeship with one of Paterson Alliance’s nonprofit member organizations. During their apprenticeship they are given meaningful tasks by their host organizations. They not only gain valuable work experience, but they also learn about giving back to their community and the important role that nonprofit sector plays in providing services to the residents of Paterson. At the end of the program the apprentices share details of their summer work experiences with Paterson Alliance members at our August membership meeting. The names and faces may change but year in and year out our Paterson Alliance members find the poise, humor,  talent  and enthusiasm displayed by these young Patersonians to be truly inspirational!

Program is made possible by an anonymous donor through the Community Foundation of New Jersey and the Paterson Children's Foundation

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Creative Paterson

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On June 18 and June 19, 2018 approximately 150 people gathered in Passaic County Community College's gym to answer the Creative Paterson "Call to Collaboration." The two day event was organized by the  host team of Creative Paterson with the help and guidance of Creative New Jersey. Creative NJ is an organization that is dedicated helping New Jersey communities find solutions to difficult problems through collaboration between different sector within the target community. Participants in Paterson's event included government representatives, community and religious leaders, city residents and other stakeholders who came together for the purpose of finding creative answers to the "Call to Collaboration's" central question which was: It's Paterson's time!  How do we inspire Paterson to connect and empower all of our people, reinvigorate our economy, foster healthy neighborhoods, celebrate our achievements and become a model city of hope and opportunity?

More tha 60 breakout sessions on many topics were held during the two day events. The breakout sessions were conversations led by various participants and were built around questions such as: How do we change the word "Ward" into community? How can cultural organizations help address social issues? How does the community work together to improve education outcomes for all children? and many more. You can find out more about the conversations that took place here.

Paterson Alliance is commiitted to keeping these important conversations going. The first Paterson Alliance membership meeting of 2019 was dedicated to contininuing the conversations brought forth at the 2018 Creative Paterson "Call to Collaboration" convening.  Are you involved in a project that is for the betterment of Paterson? Are you are interested in becoming a part of the existing conversations or if you would like to start new one? If you answered yes to any of the questions we invite you to join the Creative Paterson Facebook Group and join others who are dedicated to creating a Vibrant Paterson. 

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Census 2020 - #Paterson Counts 2020 


Census 2020 ended on October 15, 2020.The United States Census Bureau  conducts a census of the nation’s population every 10 years as required by the United States Constitution.  For the first time many people had the option to submit their census form electronically. The Census Bureau estimates that 99.9% of United States households were accounted for in the 2020 Census.

It is believed that Paterson’s population was undercounted in the 2010 Census. Currently 84% of Paterson residents live in neighborhoods that have been designated “hard to count” by the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count of Paterson’s population in Census 2020 will help ensure that the city of Paterson will receive every dollar of state and federal funding for programs and services that it is entitled to.

Paterson Alliance collaborated with our members, the the State of New Jersey, the Mayor’s office and community leaders in the city of Paterson to help make Census 2020 a success. Paterson Alliance Executive Director Inge Spungen served as co-chair of the Paterson Complete Count Committee. The Complete Count Committee was formed in 2018 by Mayor Andre Sayegh to provide the public with information about the census and to encourage residents to be counted in Census 2020.

Like all of our Census 2020 partners, Paterson Alliance  was forced to make major adjustments to our planned census outreach projects due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still the Paterson Alliance was able to provide Census Ambassador training to more than 100 trusted community leaders, We were also able setup Census Kiosks at various outdoor socially distanced events.and we made it possible for Paterson residents to share their census experience on social media with our  Census Selfies program.. The final results for Census 2020 were released in the summer of 2021.

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UPDATE: The results are in! According to the US Census Bureau Paterson's official Population is 159,732 far exceeding our expectations of at least 150,000 residents. Thank you to Mayor Andre Sayegh, the Paterson Complete Count Committee and all the community partners who helped to make this project a success.  Last but certainly not least a big shout out to all Patersonsonians who participated in Census 2020. Thanks to our combined efforts Paterson will be eligible for additional goverment funding that we are confident will help improve the quality of life for all Patersonians.