Published in Inside Philanthropy

By Darren Walker and david rogers

Every day, members of the Newark Community Street Team (NCST) walk the streets of Newark’s South Ward. They mentor students, ensure safe passage to and from schools, and listen to young people tell them about the loved ones they’ve lost to gun violence. They work in hospitals to support victims of violence and ride with EMS to respond to overdoses. They draw on their own experiences on the street or in prison to connect with the people who are where they’ve been — and to help them find a way out. And ultimately, they keep Newark safe.

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The Ford Foundation is an independent organization working to address inequality and build a future grounded in justice. For more than 85 years, it has supported visionaries on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. Today, with an endowment of $16 billion, the foundation has headquarters in New York and 10 regional offices across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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