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Audience in Lecture






Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Opportunity Youth Network


Robert Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Youth Network (OYN), has spent over 30 years in youth workforce development, designing and implementing systems-level strategies to re-engage and improve long-term outcomes for opportunity youth.

Over the course of those years, he has served as National Program Advisor to YouthBuild USA and as a Senior Advisor to Newark Public Schools, leading the district’s work to redesign the Office of Alternative Education and establish the Office of College and Career Readiness and the Office of Student Supports. All the while Clark grew YouthBuild Newark from a small direct service program into a multitiered intermediary, now doing business as OYN.

Clark obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts and a certification in Executive Leadership from Rutgers University’s Institute for Ethical Leadership. He is also a board member of the Victoria Foundation and the Newark Workforce Investment Board, and serves as the Co-Chair of the Newark Trust for Education.

As a YouthBuild Boston graduate, Clark is the first YouthBuild graduate to launch a YouthBuild program in a major city - Newark, New Jersey. He’s spent his career advocating for juvenile justice reform, second chance programming, and education and vocational training for opportunity youth.

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