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About Newton Youth Success Collaborative

The summer of 2021, Newton Youth Success Collaborate started as a pilot program after COVID.  The vision was to provide Black and Brown students with exposure to career opportunities based on their interests or likes.  


The program, I’m Amazing was born and as of 2022 became an afterschool program for middle and high school students. The program is composed of mainly volunteers who run the program or participate as career representatives.


The founders, Ijeoma Anyanwu, Kate Bernier-Carpenter and Bridget Ray-Canada decided to expand their programs and develop a collaborative that partners with parents, career reps, college coaches, and internship/development programs to provide our students and families with the opportunity to expand their learning capacity.  Therefore, Newton Youth Success Collaborative was born.


We are proud to collaborate with Newton Public Schools and METCO to provide an amazing experience for our students to see the possibilities and get excited about their future.


Create connections and pathways for families to be informed and take advantage of the programs and choices that support students’ post-secondary success

Advocate with the community and private organizations to expand programming and resources that support post-secondary success

Provide complementary programming when needed in collaboration with Newton Public Schools and other organizations for the students and their families


Our Mission

To close the post-secondary achievement gap for Newton Public Schools students who are Black, Latinx and low income by connecting with and informing families, advocating to expand resources, and providing direct programming when needed.




Our practices and programming promotes a sense of safety, identity, and self-awareness.  Our leadership team is multicultural and our adult mentors and other volunteers are majority people of color.


We work together with families, students, the city of Newton, and Newton Public Schools staff to understand resource and programming needs through our focus groups, partnerships and research.


We have recruited professionals of color, to volunteer as mentors, career representatives, and helpers; while building relationships between adults, young people, families, and organizations.

Our Founders

Bridget Ray-Canada
Kate Carpenter Bernier
IJ Anyanwu
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