Elizabeth Weisholtz is the Executive Director of the Newark Mentoring Movement (NMM), a network of mentoring programs that serve youth in Newark. NMM’s mission is to transform Newark’s community through preparing youth to succeed in life through positive mentoring relationships. Weisholtz’s life-long passion for social justice, community development and youth development brought her to the Newark Mentoring Movement. She leads the organization in five critical areas: providing tools and resources for mentoring programs to achieve evidence-based standards; providing research based training for mentors; fostering new program development; reaching out to schools, community organizations, employers and universities to increase engagement in mentoring; and serving as a hub in Newark’s mentoring field for innovation, collaboration and data-tracking.
Prior to taking the helm at NMM, Weisholtz worked with the New Jersey Statewide Education Organizing Committee (SEOC), a parent and community organizing group focused on school improvement, and with the New Jersey School Aged Care Coalition (NJSACC), a network of afterschool programs.
Weisholtz holds a Master of Public Health from Rutgers University-Newark, where she conducted her fieldwork project at the Academy Street Firehouse afterschool program focusing on the role of afterschool programs in reducing use of violence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, where she studied political theory.
Weisholtz is a mother and a friend who loves to build community. She also loves to work and play with people who bring joy, passion and their own unique selves.
Aaron Rogers is the Associate Director for the Newark Mentoring Movement (NMM). In that capacity, he is responsible for special events, grant management, program development, mentor trainings, and a number of Technical Assistance contracts. He also coordinates NMM’s collaborative work with the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in Newark. Aaron brings to NMM many years of experience in leadership training, youth development, and nonprofit management. He sees mentoring as a critical practice in collaboration, empowerment, and transformation.
Rogers is a Public Policy fellow for Leadership Newark and holds professional memberships with the American Academy for Public Administration, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Association for Fundraising Professionals.
Rogers is originally from St. Louis, MO and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and a Master’s of Divinity from Eden Theological seminary.
Rogers is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Rutgers University-Newark where his field of study is Public Administration and Public Policy.
Overview of Newark Mentoring Movement: Newark Mentoring Movement is a network of mentoring programs. As a network, we work to increase the quality and the quantity of mentoring relationships that serve youth in Newark. We support and launch programs, share research and learning, pilot innovative models, recruit mentors, build community, and track progress in the Newark mentoring field.
What makes NMM unique and necessary? “Our role in the mentoring field in Newark is somewhat parallel to NAER’s role in the field of youth arts programming. It helps the field to have organizations that convene and support the individual programs. There are several ‘intermediary’ or network organizations in Newark, and what makes NMM most unique is our strong focus specifically on the relationships that support youth within various programs and school and community settings. The quality of these relationships make a huge impact on youth development and program quality.”
Services provided by NMM:
• Provide tools and resources for all programs to achieve evidence-based standards • Provide research-based training for mentors • Foster new program development • Reach out to schools, community organizations, employers, and universities to increase engagement in mentoring • Serve as a hub in the Newark mentoring field for innovation, collaboration, and data-tracking