Newark, NJ On August 29, 2014, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the largest NJIT incoming freshman will take to the streets of Newark for a Day of Service. Staff and student leaders will join well over 800 First Year students to engage in service projects throughout the city. Service Day is one of the hallmark events first year students will experience while at NJIT.
In order to make your introduction to college life as successful and well-rounded as possible, all incoming freshman participate in First Year Connections (FYC). FYC is a required two-part interactive orientation for new NJIT undergraduate students. The students develop and embrace a connection with the university to provide a smooth transition from high school to college.
The day will begin on campus with an inspirational welcome by Celia M. King, Executive Director, Leadership Newark. King spoke of the importance of civic engagement and how the freshmen class this year will begin their college career sowing seeds in the great city of Newark, NJ where they will spend the next four years.
Some of the projects that students will work on include painting, planting gardens, and graffiti removal, and assisting, school teachers with prepping classes. Agency partners and schools include, La Casa de Don Pedro, Newark Symphony Hall, the Greater Newark Conservancy, Apostles House, Chancellor Avenue School, Roberto Clemente School and many others.
Civic Engagement is integrated as one of the four mission pillars for the University. Last year, NJIT students contributed over 35,000 hours of service to the community.
NJIT Service Day is managed by Career Development Service via Civic Engagement initiatives in partnership with the Center for 1st Year Students.