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(Uptown Magazine) — Newark Now is a multi-service agency created to empower the residents of Newark, N.J., in several areas: financially, through Financial Empowerment Centers; socially, through Family Success Centers; and communally, through family re-unification and re-entry population initiatives that assist ex-offenders. LaVar Young serves as president and CEO of Newark Now, hired after his success as the founding director of Fathers Now, a program inspired by the National Comprehensive Center for Fathers. Through the center, Young successfully brought to fruition Mayor Cory Booker’s vision to directly impact and assist the needs of men returning home from jail each year.

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