Mayor Baraka, National Action Network President and Founder Rev. Al Sharpton, and Panasonic Corporation of North America CEO Joseph M. Taylor unveiled the National Action Network Newark Tech Center today at 400 Hawthorne Avenue, in Newark’s South Ward. 

NAN Newark Tech World is a collaboration of various local stakeholders initiating a bold multi-sector call to action to provide skills to community members and students of color in Newark. This extends the Baraka administration’s efforts to empower Newark residents and meet the talent needs of local businesses. NAN Newark Tech World is going to be a transformational institution in Newark that is free for students and will teach courses in web design, graphic design, digital literacy, networking, and more. Financed by Panasonic North America and in conjunction with local universities and nonprofits, the Tech Academy will serve as a high-tech community center for the City of Newark.

The tech center will work to bridge the technological divide in America’s under-served inner cities by offering after-school enrichment opportunities for Newark students and community members at the old South Ward Boys & Girls Club. The center is a partnership between the City of Newark, Panasonic, and the National Action Network.  See more photos of the event here.