Thank you all for tuning in throughout the month of May as our staff members takeover NJSACC’s social media! Each week, a staffer will highlight #Afterschool related resources, news, and fun! Once a day, lookout for tailor-made content with pizzazz, brought to you by NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities!
For the week of May 18th, 2020, NJSACC’s Social Media will be taken over by. . . Ebony D. Grace, Director of Partnerships and Quality Initiatives
Ebony D. Grace is NJSACC’s Director of Partnerships and Quality Initiatives. Prior to joining NJSACC, Ebony worked for the New Jersey Department of Education responsible for providing programmatic and budgetary oversight and technical assistance for 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Even Start Family Literacy program grants, helping to implement quality out-of-school time programs for New Jersey residents ages birth through adulthood. For over ten years, Ebony worked at various colleges and universities in Philadelphia, PA and New Jersey for the Upward Bound program assisting first-generation students in their goals to graduate high school and obtain post-secondary education. Ebony graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in psychology from Temple University and a Master’s degree in Family Therapy from MCP Hahnemann/Drexel University. She also has experience as a practicing family therapist providing therapeutic services to individuals, families, couples and adolescents.
In 2015, The Riley Institute at Furman University, selected Ebony to participate in the White-Riley-Peterson (WRP) Policy Fellowship. A partnership with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the WRP Fellowship is a 10-month, national program designed to equip graduates with a real-world understanding of policy-making for afterschool and expanded learning.
In 2019, The National Afterschool Association (NAA) welcomed Ebony as one of two newly elected Board of Directors members. She began to serve her three-year term in July 2019.
Ebony also has a diploma in Baking and Pastry from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She and her husband live in southern New Jersey with their dog and tortoise.