In this issue: a student spotlight on Sabrina Hunte, a recap of SEEDS' 5th Annual Leading Change Benefit and an update on student programs.
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May 2016
SEEDS' All Stars
SEEDS All Star Spotlight
Sabrina Hunte
Young Scholars '10 |
Chatham Day
'12 |
Kent Place School '16 | 

Bowdoin College '20
Sabrina Hunte joined seven other alumni at the 5th Annual Leading Change Benefit to share her SEEDS story with attendees. 

Why did you want to share your SEEDS story with guests at the Leading Change Benefit?

I wanted to share my SEEDS story so that others would see the difference that SEEDS makes in the lives of the scholars. My story is my first-hand account of the power of SEEDS. I wanted guests to hear this and be inspired to donate. 

How did you first hear about NJ SEEDS? Why was applying to SEEDS important to you and your family?
I first heard about NJ SEEDS when they visited my school in the fourth grade. My teacher encouraged me and a few other students to apply. Applying to SEEDS was important to me and my family because my mother knew that being a SEEDS scholar would put me on the path to success. She has instilled the value of education in me since I was young and always pushed me to be the best I could be. She knew that SEEDS would supply me with the necessary tools to be a success in an independent school and then continue to college. SEEDS means the world to me. This organization has opened doors for me and made me believe that the possibilities are endless. I can't imagine where I’d be without the Young Scholars Program.

What advice would you give to a future SEEDS scholar?
One piece of advice that I would give to a future SEEDS scholar is to think about the future but live in the present. I think that after the first few Saturday classes, every new SEEDS scholar has thoughts like “Why am I here?” and “Is this worth it?.” You see all of your friends sleeping in on Saturdays and going out in the summertime while you are prepping for the ISEE, a test I didn’t even know existed. I definitely had those thoughts in the beginning, but my hard work really paid off. Think about the future you and how education will change your life for the better. While you are thinking about your future, don’t forget to live in the present and build relationships with others. I am still friends with a good amount of people I met through SEEDS including older mentors, counselors, and of course, members of the YSP Class of 2010.

What is the most important thing SEEDS has done for you?

Before I had my Chatham Day School support system and my Kent Place support system, SEEDS believed in me. The Young Scholars Program gave me confidence and truly helped me achieve my goals.
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Precious Passdowns Boutique

SEEDS will host its annual Precious Passdowns Boutique on Saturday, April 13 at the SEEDS office (494 Broad Street, Newark). At that time, gently-used clothing will be available to SEEDS students and alumni and their families free of charge. 

Looking to learn more about SEEDS? Friends of SEEDS Volunteer Ashley Doyle will host an afternoon Spring Tea at her home on Tuesday, May 24 to support SEEDS' Precious Passdowns Boutique. 

Contact Jamie McClintock, Parent and Community Engagement Officer, for more information on the Boutique or to RSVP to the Spring Tea. 

Alumni Associations Hosts NYC Networking Event with Trustee Soleio ('95) at Facebook NYC

On April 14, more than 30 SEEDS alumni and friends headed to Facebook's NYC headquarters to network and hear SEEDS Trustee Soleio Cuervo (Scholars '95, St. Andrew's School '99, Duke University '03) discuss "Diversity in Tech." (View all photos from the event.)

To learn more of Soleio's story, read this Wall Street Journal article.
Thank you to The Hyde and Watson Foundation!

The Hyde and Watson Foundation has provided SEEDS a generous grant to purchase Chromebooks which will be used by students enrolled in the College Scholars Program. Chromebooks in the College Scholars classroom will be crucial in students’ ability to meet the academic requirements of the program and promote productivity, communication and collaboration among the College Scholars.
The Hyde and Watson Foundation first supported NJ SEEDS in 1994, and SEEDS is extremely grateful for their long-term generosity. 
SEEDS Raises Nearly $650,000 at 5th Annual Leading Change Benefit

New Jersey SEEDS hosted its 5th Annual Leading Change Benefit at The Park Savoy on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Thanks to the generous support of the more than 300 guests in attendance and the evening's sponsors, SEEDS raised nearly $650,000 to benefit future students. (View event photos.)

In addition to the strolling dinner and lively conversations with old and new friends, the evening featured a program with several SEEDS graduates. Attendees had the opportunity to hear the SEEDS - and subsequent - journeys of eight alumni (pictured below, left to right).

Janene Hatchard, mother of Julia, also shared her family's SEEDS experience with attendees. (Watch video highlights from the evening's program.)

The Leading Change Benefit is an opportunity to honor those whose initiative and commitment enhances the educational opportunities of young people throughout the communities SEEDS serves. This year, SEEDS was proud to honor the accomplishments of Susan B. Present and Philip D. Murphy, pictured below with SEEDS Board Chair Lee Shavel (l) and President Ronni Denes (r).
Congratulations to the CPP Class of 2016 on College Selections!

CPP seniors have spent the past several months working closely with volunteer mentors and the SEEDS Placement team as they researched potential colleges, completed applications and reviewed financial aid packages.

received 155 acceptances to colleges across the country. CPP scholars will be enrolling at the following colleges and universities this fall, 67 percent of which are ranked Most or Very Competitive by Barron's:
  • Colgate University 
  • College of St. Elizabeth
  • Drew University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lehigh University
  • Mercer County College
  • Montclair State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University 
  • Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  • Seton Hall University
  • University of Toledo
  • Villanova University
  • Washington University
Congratulations to the CPP Class of 2016 on their college decisions!
Program Recaps
Young Scholars visited the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey on Saturday, April 30 as their semester-long arts curriculum culminated. Students began their trip by exploring Recharging the Image: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection and learning how artists have represented personal, cultural, and racial identity, within the context of western art history. Then, Young Scholars created self-portraits or other pieces that show how they view their personalities.

Young Scholars completed the last in their Brown Bag Lunch Series on April 9. SEEDS graduates met with current students to discuss the cultural and academic transition from their home schools into boarding or day schools.

Both Scholars and Young Scholars took part in SEEDS annual Arts Trip on Saturday, May 7. They toured the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the morning, with students acting as docents for specific pieces of art. Following lunch in Times Square, students attended a Broadway show; Scholars saw The King and I, while Young Scholars saw The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-Time.

Scholars concluded their Alumni Association panel series with the final question and answer session held at The Pingry School on April 2. On April 9, Scholars at The Pingry School site participated in Lawyer Day and had the opportunity to hear from professionals about their career experiences.

SEEDS' Annual Hospital Day event was 
hosted on Saturday, April 16 at Morristown Medical Center. At the day long event, Scholars shadowed healthcare professionals in a variety of specialties and learned about the day-to-day responsibilities of professionals in these careers. Special thanks to Dr. Maria Perez, who helped organize the event, and the healthcare professionals who worked with students.
College Preparatory Program (CPP) juniors have continued to prepare for college admissions. In early April, juniors participated in a college tour, visiting Brandeis UniversityConnecticut CollegeFairfield UniversityNortheastern UniversityProvidence College, and Trinity College.  Juniors also had their first meeting with their mentors on April 16 and will meet with mentors again on May 14. Juniors will also attend SEEDS' Annual College Day on June 18. 

Along with CPP juniors, College Scholars took the ACT on April 9. They are also preparing for SEEDS' Annual College Day, and meeting with their College Advocates to continue college research.

All SEEDS programs hosted Parents meetings with in April. For Scholars and Young Scholars, these focused on Guidance services, while CPP and College Scholars meetings discussed the next components of the program.

SEEDS' Guidance department hosted a College Tour for Guidance scholars in high school in mid-March. The 41 students toured Allegheny CollegeBucknell UniversityCarnegie Mellon UniversityDenison UniversityDickinson CollegeJuniata College, Kenyon CollegeOberlin College and Washington & Jefferson College on the week-long tour.

On Monday, May 2, volunteers from Neuberger Berman hosted a Resume Workshop for SEEDS graduates in high school. The volunteers worked one-on-one with students to develop resumes that can be used in obtaining summer employment or internship opportunities. 
Congratulations to Scholars and Young Scholars in the Class of 2017!

In March, 40 volunteers joined SEEDS staff at Newark Academy and The Pingry School to interview more than 160 prospective Scholars, Young Scholars and their families.. (View photos from these interviews.)

SEEDS accepted 21 Young Scholars and 105 Scholars for the Summer Challenge Program. These students will join the 25 students who were accepted during the Early Decision Process (Scholars accepted during Early Decision pictured here at their Orientation on March 16). Congratulations to all accepted students!

Know high-achieving high school students who would benefit from NJ SEEDS programs? SEEDS is currently recruiting for the second class of College Scholars, who will begin academic classes with SEEDS in February 2017. Students must first be nominated by their guidance counselor before continuing with the application process. Nominated students must:
To learn more, contact a member of our Admissions team
SEEDS Grad Chisa Hutchinson to Participate in NJPAC Stage Exchange; Proceeds to Benefit SEEDS

On Friday, June 24, playwright Chisa Hutchinson (Scholars '94, Kent Place School '98, Vassar College '02) will debut her play, Surely Goodness Mercy, at NJPAC. The play "follows the unlikely friendship between a Newark elementary school student and the cantankerous lunch lady, as both lean on each other to navigate life in a system stacked against them." Tickets can be purchased online for $5 and benefit New Jersey SEEDS. 

Following the conclusion of the play, SEEDS' Dean of Guidance, Sharon Zucker, will sit on a panel with several other guests to discuss key topics introduced by the play.
Please join SEEDS this summer! 

There are a number of opportunities to meet SEEDS scholars this summer. We hope you will be able to join us to learn more about programs.
  • College Preparatory Program (CPP) Graduation - Monday, June 6 at Galloping Hill Catering (Union, NJ), 6:00 p.m.: Come celebrate the CPP Class of 2016 at the annual Commencement ceremony.
  • Capstone Experience Speaker Series - Weekdays from Wednesday, July 20 through Wednesday, August 3 at The Hill School (Pottstown, PA): Share your career experiences with rising ninth graders in SEEDS' Scholars Program.
  • Volunteer Visit Day at The Hill School - Thursday, July 21 at The Hill School (Pottstown, PA): Meet with rising ninth graders enrolled in the Scholars Program Capstone Experience.
  • Young Scholars Program (YSP) Picnic - Friday, July 22 at Far Brook School (Short Hills, NJ): Meet with rising fifth and sixth graders and their families and observe YSP classes.
  • Scholars and Young Scholars Graduation - Saturday, August 6 at Summit High School (Summit, NJ), 11:00 a.m.: Celebrate the accomplishments of the Scholars and Young Scholars in the Class of 2016.
Please contact SEEDS' Development department if you are interested in learning more about the events listed.
Calling SEEDS Alumni and Parents: Save the Date for the 2016 Summer Spectacular!

On Sunday, August 21, SEEDS will host its second annual Summer Spectacular from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Forest Lodge (Warren, NJ). The event will cost $20 a person, and includes a private, covered pavilion area; unlimited food and beverages; sports and water activities, including three pools, basketball and volleyball courts; music; and complimentary parking.

Stay tuned to your email for information on purchasing tickets, and we hope to see you there! For questions, please contact Jamie McClintock, Parent and Community Engagement Officer, or Patricia Rodrigues, Alumni Relations Officer.

Please note: This event is only open to SEEDS graduates and their families, and also includes students in the classes of Scholars '16, Young Scholars '16, CPP '16, CPP '17 and College Scholars '17.
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