ULEC Tech House

A 24/7, 365 Resource to Create the Next Generation of STEAM Warriors

This educational initiative is designed to introduce technologically disadvantaged and under represented youth to programming, (or "coding"), and other digital and computer technologies.

Our program includes field trips and life skills education designed for middle and high school youth to help them develop critical thinking and decision-making, communication skills, self management and self-discovery.  We want all youth to see the possibilities they can have by making smart choices in their lives.

Newark Kids Code participants gain a variety of STEAM skills and valuable enrichments through this program including:

  • Career exploration
  • Goal Setting Frameworks
  • Education Guidance
  • The ability to explore their own feelings, goals, and decision making processes

Summer Tech Camp at the Tech House 2023

Urban League of Essex County's Summer Tech Camp at the Tech House
152 Littleton Avenue
Newark, NJ

July 17th to August 11th
Monday through Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

Academies included:
- Sound Engineering
- 3D Printing
- Building a Computer
- Filmmaking in our Broadcast Center

For information to enroll your child in Tech House programs:
(862) 763-2979

Tech Talks from The Tech House with Audible

The Urban League of Essex County's Tech House has teamed up with Audible to host a series of "Tech Talks."

The "talks" will range from getting the most from your Internet browser to the wide applications of Block Chain and how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy.

Previous Tech Talks included:
- June 7, 2023 - Chrome Browser: Tips and Tricks with Ian Moraes VP Software Development, Audible
- July 26, 2023 - Content Discovery in Media with Sureshmi Shlapakovsky, Head of Growth and Content Discovery Product Management

We conduct a survey at the end of the "Tech Talks" to find out what future topics you would like us to discuss or classes you would like us to teach at the Tech House.

If you want to be notified about our next Tech Talk, please email us.

The Urban League of Essex County's Tech House will be offering FREE weekday and weekend computer literacy classes to Newark residents. These classes will also be offered to Urban League staff and Urban League program participants.

The Tech House was established to be a valuable community resource for Newark residents seeking to acquire valuable technology and computer skills. The  digital divide impacting Newark and other technologically underserved communities is not only limited to newer computing devices or faster internet access.  It is also about narrowing the technology skill.  The more technology skills you acquire, the more competitive you will be in a world that will only become more technical each day.

Please take this brief survey so we can find out what kinds of technology Fairmount Heights residents would be interested in learning more about.  In case you don't know, the boundaries of Fairmount Heights are South Orange Avenue to the South, Central Avenue to the North, South 12th Street to the West, and Bergen Street to the East.

Every Saturday starting on November 12.

The Urban League of Essex County's Tech House's STEM Program for 8th and 9th grade students

What is STEM? 

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and includes: natural, physical and life sciences, computer, electronics, and other technology-related disciplines, types of engineering and mathematics and their disciplines.

What does our STEM program offer?

Coding, sound engineering, filmmaking, 3D printing, and virtual reality (VR).

Why is STEM important to your child(ren)?

As the world innovates and technology moves forward, the need for professionals who understand how these technologies work and who can propose practical solutions continues to grow.  Ensuring students have access to a quality STEM education is essential for keeping the U.S. competitive in the global market.

For more information, contact Mr. Sharif at 862-763-2979

In The News

 Urban League of Essex County (ULEC)

CONTACT: Darrin S. Sharif, 862-763-2979 | e-mail


The Urban League of Essex County, along with state and local officials and development partners, will mark the completion of its Tech House with a ribbon cutting and community celebration on Thursday, September 30, at 11am.

The Tech House will serve as the blueprint for grassroots bridging the digital divide in urban and underserved communities by providing highspeed broadband access and technology education to development and revitalization in Fairmount Heights and beyond.  This is an on the ground and in the community example proposed in the National Urban League’s approach to digital equity: https://nul.org/program/lewis-latimer-plan

Elements include:

·         High Speed Broadband Access

·         Laptop and desktop computers

·         3D printers; robotics kits

·         Programmable drones

·         Filmmaking, broadcasting

·         Video production equipment

·         Virtual reality laptops and workstations

·         Industry-recognized certifications in web site development

The Urban League of Essex County acquired the property at 152 Littleton Avenue for the National Community Stabilization Trust Fund.  With funding from the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program, the Urban League has restored this magnificent Victorian asset to productive use in the community.  The house was a construction training lab for individuals in the Urban League’s construction training program to gain plumbing, carpentry, and electrical skills.  Investors in the restoration through the state’s NRTC program (NRTC) include Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, PSE&G, and Valley National Bank.  The Urban League partnered with the City of Newark, Invest Newark, and the NJ Department of Community Affairs to create a technology training and education resource for the community.

Opened today with a celebratory ribbon cutting, The Tech House will provide computer literacy training to Newark residents, provide a community resource to anyone seeking to expand their knowledge of digital technology, and provide NJIT students pursuing tech education with hands-on experience teaching STEAM skills to middle and high school students.

Invest Newark’s technical partner, GigXero, installed Newark Fiber at The Tech House, bringing high-speed, low-cost internet service to its participants. Newark Fiber is an innovative program that offers Gigabit and 10 Gigabit internet connections in participating residential and commercial buildings, recreation centers, parks, on the streets, and eventually in single family homes.

Ribbon cutting and community celebration to celebrate Tech House launch

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 11 am - 12:30 pm EST

Vivian Cox Fraser, President & CEO, Urban League of Essex County
Marc Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League
Mayor Ras J. Baraka, City of Newark
Bernel Hall, President & CEO, Invest Newark

152 Littleton Avenue, Newark, (near 13th Avenue)


NJIT Joins Urban League of Essex County to Teach Kids How to Code (NJIT: December 2017)

District and Charter School Students Come Together to Learn Coding (NJ Tech Weekly; November 2015)

Newark Students Learn How To Code and Think Big (NJ.com;

For more information:

Darrin S. Sharif

ULEC Chief Administrative Officer

Program Director, Newark Kids Code + Tech House

Program Director, Neighborhood Revitalization

(973) 624-9535 x204

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