Foster Youth Coaching: Pathways to
Academic and Career Exploration to Success

The Pathways to Academic and Career Exploration to Success (PACES) program serves New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) Scholar-eligible adolescents between the ages of 16-21 as they transition out of high school in the following counties: Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean.


This foster youth coaching program focuses on adolescents’ educational and employment development, as coaches assist each adolescent in decision-making processes, soft skill development and direct assistance during the college application and job application processes.


The program also provides: Direct access in finding scholarships and understanding financial aid, support in completing the FAFSA, post-secondary applications and job applications, education and career planning for high school students and support to current adolescents seeking post-secondary education.


PACES also provides connections to county-based education and employment resources and networks, events, workshops, and experiences to assist in the adolescent’s transition into adulthood, advocacy and support and general technical assistance.

PACES Coaches



This Position is Open
(Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset counties)


Nia Nanton

Region 2
(Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset counties)


Kelly Love

Region 3
(Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean counties)


Narissa Jones

Region 3
(Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean counties)


Amy Nadybal

Region 2
(Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset counties)


Founded in 1972 and incorporated in 1974, embrella, formerly Foster and Adoptive Family Services, serves foster, adoptive and kinship parents in communities throughout NJ. We provide services, support and training opportunities for foster, adoptive and kinship families. We help foster children by offering programs to support them from childhood to young adulthood.