My name is Robert A. House and I am lifelong resident of Newark. Family is very dear to my heart. I was raised in an area called the Ironbound section of Newark. Those familiar with this multi-ethnic and multicultural area know it as Down Neck Newark.
I received my early education through the Newark Public School system receiving Diplomas from South Street School, Oliver Street School, and East Side High School (Newark). My parents Lorraine House Baker and Robert Baker place education high on their list of expectations. Those expectations helped me to stay on course in education and offering my service to the community.
I pursued my Bachelor of Science degree at St. Peter’s University to completion graduating in May of 2008. I continued my education endeavor in the Fall of 2014 being accepted into the Master of Public Administration program at Fairleigh Dickinson University and being inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha class of 2017.
I volunteered at Spectrum House drug rehabilitation center in Jersey City. Assisting clients with housing, employment, family domestic violence, educational pursuits, and medical services. This was my segue to working with Integrity House Inc., CARR (Community at Risk Reduction) program.
I managed the youth and adolescent program related to prevention/testing of HIV/STD’s. Executing outreach in all corners of Newark, during height of the HIV epidemic. The CARR program allowed me to interact within the community by conducting summer reading sessions and seminars geared toward kids/adolescents. Working as a counselor at the Newark YMCA with families and children facilitating viable learning tools that hopefully will create change for better possibilities.
I have been active with the Community Advisory Board associated with NJCRI. I am currently a member of the LGBTQ Commission Board with the city of Newark, I still commit my time and volunteering services to those in need or ask for services/information. I have been helpful in assisting incarcerated individual into re-entry program and expungement procedures. The children in my community require tools for financial literacy, reading/math skills, bullying, and mental health issues. Education is changing around us; Let us change to meet the Educational needs of the Children in the City of Newark.