We amplify voices city-wide.


Project Ready is a non-profit social justice organization based in Newark, New Jersey. Our long-term vision is to see a world where no community is left voiceless—a world where parents, guardians, and students in our most vulnerable communities feel heard, informed, and civically educated, and thereby powered to overhaul systems and policies in place that limit educational opportunities.

Digital Divide


To close the opportunity gap and improve life outcomes for children, we have to address the deep digital divide the pandemic has illuminated. This digital divide and resource divide facing school aged children of color and those experiencing poverty is not a new phenomenon – but it is a growing one.

As the divide spreads, it’s disproportionately affecting displaced and at-risk youth. There are students in Newark, currently living in shelters, motels, cars and/or couchsurfing who are now relying on remote learning to receive a quality education. These students are still without internet or laptops.

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Learn more about the resources Project Ready is providing to the Newark community.

Newark Meals


During citywide school closures, all Newark students still have access to free breakfast and lunch. Please click here to find a site close to your address.


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3 Pillars of our work

Ready to Vote

Support communities to build an engaged and civically educated voting base by developing partnerships with community members and local organizations.

Ready to Advocate

Build and support local advocacy efforts to achieve policy wins that promote excellent schools.

Ready to Educate

Partnership with the community to reimagine student remote and in-person learning opportunities

Project Ready Community News Videos

Project Ready Community News focuses on important community issues such as Educational Justice and Equity, COVID-19/ Public Health, Racial Justice and Equity, Community Organizing, Politics, and more.

#projectready In the News

NJ Spotlight News
Opinion: NJ employers — you have a civic duty to break down barriers to voting

Paid time off to vote ensures employees will participate not just in this election but in all future elections Read More

The Improvements Made to the Vote-By-Mail Process

Steve Adubato speaks with Shennell McCloud, CEO, Project Ready NJ, about the improvements made to the vote-by-mail process and the importance of extending access to vote-by-mail for all. Read More

NJ Spotlight News
Opinion: Five ideas NJ should enact now to make voting easier

The Garden State has made a good first step toward ending inequitable elections, but it’s only the initial step in a longer journey. Read More

Insider NJ
First Poll of New Jersey Parents This School Year Shows Stark Racial and Income Disparities in Learning Experience

Amidst a statewide spike in COVID-19 cases and an increasing pivot back to more remote learning, the first statewide poll of New Jersey parents this school year shows that families want a better remote education experience. Read More

COVID-19 Resource Guide

Our guide has curated resources for families on health, education, advocacy and civic engagement to help navigate through the ongoing challenges of the pandemic while still tending to self-care. Click to download.

Support Project Ready


Project Ready has a proven track record of working collectively with community residents, organizations, and institutions to tackle educational equity and social justice problems. The organization has provided direct and indirect resources to students and schools. Your donation will enable us to continue to serve our most vulnerable community members.