Newark Think Tank on Poverty


The Newark Think Tank on Poverty (NTTP) was founded in 2014. It is made up of community members in Newark and Licking County, Ohio who have experienced barriers in obtaining work that provides a livable wage, safe housing, affordable healthcare, and accessible transportation. 

The Newark Think Tank has been very successful in working with the local community, elected officials, and other agencies on a range of issues. We championed "Ban the Box" legislation in 2015, getting a local law passed by city council, and helping to see a similar law passed at the statehouse. We then held a series of public events, educating employers about barriers to reentry. We formed a working group made up of formerly incarcerated people to plan a stakeholder half-day session. We then launched a The Licking County Reentry Coalition with the buy-in from a wide range of stakeholders. In 2018, we held a countywide town hall with Newark City Schools on addiction and recovery. We have also worked on a range of other issues, like access to public drinking fountains for the homeless, transportation, gentrification, jobs, and more. 

The Newark Think Tank monthly meetings are open to the public.

2nd Saturday of each month
11:30 a.m. - Free Lunch    
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Meeting Time

The meeting location varies.

Please visit our Facebook Page for updates and details on upcoming meetings and gatherings.


Want to learn more about The Newark Think Tank on Poverty?

  • Watch "Up River" a documentary produced by Doug Swift and Wild Iris Video about the first year of the Newark Think Tank:  
    Check out the press coverage of the last 5 years of our work.
  • Visit us on our Facebook Page for more information and upcoming events

More questions or want to join our email list? 

contact us at or call (740) 616-8608