NEWARK, New Jersey – The following press release is courtesy of United Community Corporation. Learn more about posting announcements or events to your local Patch site.
Warm weather is officially here and United Community Corporation is ready to make sure Newark City residents have everything they need for a safe, resourceful and fun summer.
From summer camps for youth to dedicated programs for teens and young adults to food distributions to energy and housing assistance, United Community Corporation is here to serve the City of Newark and the County of Essex. as temperatures climb towards triple digits.
UCC’s YouthBuild training and employment preparation program will kick off summer activities on Tuesday, June 29 with an ice cream social recruiting event at The Clubhouse Community Center (205 Spruce St, Newark, NJ 07108). The pop-up event will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the centre’s parking lot and will offer on-site registration for registration in July in the following programs: high school equivalency diploma, professional skills development, skills training life, case management, construction training, Cisco Certified Network Associate, certified nursing assistant, dental assistant and dental technician. UCC’s YouthBuild program has been around for almost a year and has already helped place young adults into the workforce.
“We had to develop this program from scratch during a pandemic,” said Jacqueline Henry, director of UCC YouthBuild. “There have been ups and downs, but I can really say that we are doing well. It has been a year of great pride to see the commitment and dedication of some of our young people.
For young adults and teens, United Community Corporation is offering its Summer Enrichment Program July 6 – August 6 at Newark Waterfront Center (2 Grafton Ave.), TREC (Training Recreation Education Center) (55 Ludlow St.) and West Side Park Community Center (600 S. 17th Street). All three programs will run simultaneously, cater to children ages 5-13, and offer a variety of activities including study, fitness, writing, mentoring, sports, STEAM, and field trips. The four-week program will include trips to Camden Aquarium, Medieval Times, Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center and Turtle Back Zoo.
“Field trips are so important because sometimes parents don’t have the means to take their children to these places or don’t have the means of transport – especially if they have several children,” Yucleidis said. Melendez, Director of Youth, Family and Elderly Services. . “We want to be able to provide this for the family and the kids to make sure they have a fun summer.”
UCC will also organize two programs for adolescents aged 14 to 18. The first will be a basketball clinic at the West Side Park Community Center and the second will be a mentorship program in partnership with the North Jersey chapter of the KING movement. Students will meet mentors from the KING movement every Tuesday and will also be responsible for mentoring young students as part of UCC’s summer enrichment program.
“The students love to work with the men of the KING movement,” said Melendez. “Our numbers have increased since we started working with them. Now those same teens want to mentor the younger ones. “
Melendez and his department also plan to work with the UCC Pantry to organize at least one distribution to West Side Park each summer. On Saturday July 24, UCC plans to host a music festival with local DJs in addition to handing out food, services and clothing. On Saturday August 14, UCC is planning a community barbecue with free hot dogs and hamburgers as well as a distribution of backpacks for the next school year.
West Side Park is also the hub of UCC’s Community and Family Empowerment Program, which aims to effectively engage and support families in maneuvering juvenile justice reform efforts. The program organizes support events, mentoring programs and connects services that support and empower families and parents in advocating for their children.
“We were really able to engage with the community,” said program director Craig Lee. “Our Meet-and-Greets have been really good. We had freebies, raffles and played games. Families and peers really got to know each other and me.”
Lee’s program is very active at UCC and community events, as is the LIHEAP / Energy Assistance department at UCC. Knowing the importance of air conditioning during the summer, UCC’s Energy Helpdesk encourages anyone worried about paying their electricity bill to contact UCC by calling 973-642-0181, EXT. 3173 or 5711 to find out how they can benefit from energy aid.
UCC’s pantries are currently operating in the East Quarter (106 Ann Street) and South Quarter (933 18th Street). The East Ward Pantry distributes food and has a free clothing store. It operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. The Champion House Pantry in the South Quarter is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to its summer programming, UCC also offers virtual services for the elderly, housing assistance, assistance for victims of crime, lead-safe remediation and reduction measures all year round. , as well as shelter at both the Newark Hope Village Shipping Container Shelter and Fulton Street Emergency Shelter.
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