As a Princeton undergrad, Natalie Tung’s dream was to one day create an accessible boarding school experience for young women in marginalized communities. She built the framework for her current non-profit as a project in EGR 498: Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship and continued refining her programming in Keller’s eLab Summer Accelerator. 

Seven years later, Tung is now Executive Director of HomeWorks Trenton, which has served over 50 young women in the Trenton area school system. She and her team of 9 employees and over 50 volunteers have enabled their scholars to achieve grade point averages of 3.45 and maintain perfect attendance records. They have also seen two of her graduates receive full scholarships to Montclair State University and The College of New Jersey.

“I’m so proud and grateful to Princeton and the Keller Center for giving us the resources and tools we needed to take this small idea and build a full-functioning organization that is making direct and sustainable impact in so many young women’s lives,” said Tung.

HomeWorks Trenton is a free, after-school residential program for marginalized high school girls that provides academic and identity-driven leadership enrichment to supplement public schools and develop community leaders.