Natalie Tung (back row, third from right) speaks on her HomeWorks program in an October 23 Gotham Network webinar.

There’s a stark difference between living on the campus of the exclusive Lawrenceville School and being a high school student in the city of Trenton, but for HomeWorks Trenton co-founder Natalie Tung her experience with the former inspired her to improve the experience for the latter.

Tung speaks about her organization’s mission in a Zoom webinar hosted by Gotham City Networking on Friday, October 23, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Register in advance to princetongotham@joshua­zin­der­.com for instructions on accessing the webinar.

HomeWorks Trenton is a free, after-school residential program for marginalized high school girls in Trenton. Tung, who came to Lawrenceville as a boarding student from Hong Kong, felt empowered by her experience living with 40 girls there and was inspired to replicate that sort of community.

Tung went on to Princeton University, Class of 2018, where as a sophomore pursuing a teaching certificate and an English degree she founded HomeWorks with an aim to foster a community of young women dedicated to civic engagement in their home communities and beyond.

Since 2016 Tung has run three programs with 26 participants, raised over $475,000 in cash and in-kind donations, and built a team of four full-time and two part-time staff, board members, interns and volunteers.

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