Welcome to the official Site of NJYC,
the goal of our club is to:
- Keep teens off, drugs streets and our of trouble
- Provide educational and spiritual programs
- provide fun free trips and activities
The history of New Jersey seems to suggest that there were always
two separate and distinct Garden States: “The Slave State of the
North” and the first to pass civil rights legislation; the last northern
state to abolish slavery and a valued stop on the “underground
railroad; resistance and bias against Hispanic immigrants contrasted
by one of the biggest Hispanic Heritage celebrations in the nation;
home to inventions and industry in the northern areas of the state and
great agriculture in the southern portions; great affluence and
degrading poverty; leaders in education and a sewer of illiterate
Paterson, Newark, Teaneck, Trenton, Camden and Jersey City were
the hubs of industry and beckoned immigrants seeking work in the
“New World.” And yet as industry grew it somehow created a greater
divide between the haves and have-nots. And now a visitor can travel
to any downtown and see examples of industry, commerce and
sophistication and merely a few city blocks away find New Jersey
citizens living in squalor reminiscent of the deep-south before civil
With the sixth-largest population of immigrants in the nation, the 1.75
million foreign-born individuals residing in New Jersey account for
20.1 percent of the State’s total population.
The number of residents of Latino or Hispanic origin is expected to
increase by nearly 30 percent. The Department of Labor and
Workforce Development estimate that 94 percent of New Jersey’s
population growth by 2016 will be attributable to Hispanics while the
non-Hispanic white population is expected to decline.
25 percent of all New Jersey Hispanic teenagers live in poverty; 26
percent of non-Hispanic blacks live below the poverty line; only 2
percent of non-Hispanic white teens live in poverty.
The New Jersey Youth Club is designed to bridge the divide that has
relegated too many of its citizens to a life-time of poverty and despair.
The mostly African-American and Hispanic children who live in daily
horror are by-and-large “good” kids. They’re the kind of kids who “just
fall through the cracks” of our educational and health-care systems
and are most likely to become a crime statistic. We endeavor to
reduce those numbers – save the teenagers before they become
victims or victimizers of crime, drugs or teenage pregnancies.
Seven days per week there is an opportunity for these young people
to earn a “legal” dollar, escape their environment, learn teamwork –
how to follow instructions – how to speak to people of different
cultures – accept delayed gratification – see how other people live –
dream about creating a healthy life for themselves – and envision a
life without the stresses inherent with poverty and crime.
The New Jersey Youth Club is a self-sustaining not-for-profit charity.
We do not receive funding from any federal, state or local government
agency. Our teenagers are, by-in-large, good kids who need
guidance, direction and chance to get away from their depressive
These mostly black and Hispanic teens should not become a burden
to society and none of them aspires to become one. They have the
same dreams as their white, affluent counterparts: they want good
careers, safe homes, families, vacations, faith, love and respect.
The New Jersey Youth Club is one of those few agents who give these
young folks a chance to break the poverty, prison, welfare cycle that
has plagued these areas for generations. And despite resistance from
the more affluent communities where we fundraise, we are determined
to win our battle – one day at a time – one teenager at a time.
Specifically, our program has the following three
objectives: jobs skills, teen intervention, and recreation.
With respect to job skills, our program allows teenagers to
develop leadership, responsibility, and confidence. With
respect to teen intervention, the NJYC provides
scholarships as well as financial support to needy families
who participate in our program. Finally, with respect to
recreation, teenagers in our program take part in a wide
variety of after school and weekend recreational activities.
For example, the program affords teenagers the
opportunity to attend many fun trips and sporting events.
|New Jersey Youth Club, Inc.
"Sowing into America's Future"
2009 Teens of the Year
Christopher and Jaja