About New Jersey SEEDS

Welcome to New Jersey SEEDS: Where Potential Meets Opportunity

New Jersey SEEDS (Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges across the country. More than 950 students are served annually through SEEDS’ academic and guidance programs, in addition to the more than 1,500 alumni continuing their educations or in the workforce.

Each of our programs provides a demanding course of study designed to develop the intellectual and leadership potential of our students and prepare them for long-term success. We strive to ensure that our students receive 90-100 percent in financial aid from the independent schools and colleges they attend. And we encourage our alumni to pursue lives of professional accomplishment, leadership and service to the community, thus realizing their full potential.

Young Scholars participate in a 14-month program that begins with a summer program following fourth or fifth grade, meets on Saturdays during fifth or sixth grade and culminates with a second five-week summer program the summer before sixth or seventh grade. The Young Scholars Program is open to students in Greater Newark (Newark, Irvington, Orange or East Orange).

The Scholars Program takes place over a 14-month period, beginning in the summer after seventh grade with a three-week residential program, continuing Saturdays during the eighth grade year, and culminating in a second three-week residential experience during the summer between eighth and ninth grade. The Scholars Program is open to students who live in the state of New Jersey.

College Preparatory Program students participate in a three-year program that begins the summer prior to tenth grade.

College Scholars participate in a 17-month immersion experience designed to prepare and place top-performing, low-income students from public high schools in highly competitive colleges with excellent preparation and sufficient financial aid. The College Scholars Program is open to high-achieving high school students in eligible high schools.

Our Placement team matches students with the most appropriate school with regard to academics, social environment and cultural fit.

Our Guidance and Alumni Programs serve students who have completed the SEEDS program. Our Guidance team provides direct services to nearly 600 Scholar Alumni after placement in middle schools, high schools and colleges. Our Alumni department provides support services to alumni in college and beyond.

New Jersey SEEDS has been recognized locally and nationally. Our work in changing lives and building communities has been recognized by the Althea Gibson Foundation, Bank of America, Jersey Cares, Mutual of America, Oprah’s Angel Network, the Partnership in Philanthropy and Rutgers University.

In addition, Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of the financial health and efficiency of nonprofit organizations, awarded New Jersey SEEDS four stars, its top rating, for four consecutive years. Only 9 percent of organizations rated by Charity Navigator receive at least 4 consecutive 4-star ratings; proof that SEEDS “consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America.”

If you cannot find the information you are looking for on our website, please call us at (973) 642-6422.

New Jersey SEEDS does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, nationality, ethnicity or any other characteristic protected by law in the admission to and administration of its programs and services.

Mission Statement

New Jersey SEEDS changes the lives of motivated, high-achieving students from low-income families by transforming their educational opportunities. We ensure that our students have the knowledge, skills, access and support to thrive at the nation’s finest schools and colleges.

Vision Statement

New Jersey SEEDS strives for a world in which young people’s initiative, creativity and intellect can flourish without regard to socioeconomic status.

Core Values

The Pursuit of Learning
Learning is at the core of the New Jersey SEEDS mission. The entire SEEDS community – students, teachers, staff members, parents, and trustees – believes that learning is the way to improve our own lives and the lives of others.