What is NCST or Newark Community Street Team?
Today I spoke with the Project Administrator,for Newark Community Street Team, Nathaniel Burkard. Mr. Burkard, is a volunteer who spoke about what the organization does for the community.
NCST is a community base violence reduction strategy that enlists the help of community outreach workers to promote neighborhood safety and reduce violence in the streets. The outreach workers include former gang members, victims of violence and formerly incarcerated men and women. They strive to help their community through intervention and mentoring.
NCST is dedicated to Violence Reduction, it works on preventing retaliation from gangs and individuals. They also do high risk intervention geared towards men and women form the ages of 18-30 who live in the South Ward.
The Organization is funded mainly by the Victoria Foundation and the Prudential. The VictoriaFoundation is a private grant making institution, which was founded in 1924 by Mr. Hendon Chubb in honor of his mother, Victoria Eddis Chubb. Since the early 1960’s the Foundation’s trustees have targeted giving to programs that impact the cycle of poverty in Newark, New Jersey. In the 1970’s, a second priority was initiated to protect the environment throughout the state of New Jersey. Within Newark, funded projects address K-12 education reform, neighborhood revitalization, and strengthening youth and families.
NCST meets every other Tuesday at 400 Hawthorne Avenue, Newark New Jersey, from 10 am-12 noon.