Essex County Schools of Technology’s Business Partner of the Year is the Donald M. Payne, Sr. Global Foundation in Newark
The foundation supports students in the district’s Law and Public Safety program by providing free college credits from Seton Hall University and myriad guest speaking engagements.
“Our Payne Scholars honor the legacy of the late Congressman Donald M. Payne, Sr. – a Newark native, an educator and a passionate human rights advocate for our local and global communities – who fought tirelessly to end social inequities and to empower people around the world,” said ECST superintendent Dr. James Pedersen.
“With the support of the Payne Foundation, our students learn the skills necessary to become positive leaders in our 21st century global community,” he said.
Many of the Payne Scholars participate in the Model UN and Mock Trials Clubs, and are active members of their school community.
“The Payne Foundation has stressed the importance of having young folks become civically involved in their local and global communities by letting their voices for change be heard.” Pedersen said. “We are indebted to the Payne Foundation for their generous support of our students.”