For many of the youth in northern New Jersey, one misstep can turn into a major detour.
Though making mistakes is part of growing up, for disadvantaged youth who do not have support and safety nets available, those missteps can be tragic.
That’s where community support comes in.
Life-affirming programs, run by seasoned professionals from reputable organizations (like those we partner with at the Holiday Fund) have hundreds of years of combined experience serving the youth and young adults of northern New Jersey communities.
Let me share a few of the exciting ways these service agencies connect youth with necessary resources:
- Teens and older adults pursue education by attending a GED preparation class at the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark.
- Young adults who previously have been involved in the court system gather and receive prevention and transition services at Urban League of Essex County’s Face Forward Urban Youth Empowerment Program. prevention, assessment, intervention, and transition services
- Students 16 and older prepare for their futures by attending class at New Community Corporation’s Adult Learning Center, where more than 2,000 individuals are pursuing a vocational or college education.
We celebrate with the young people who are receiving assistance and creating a safety net of their own, thanks to these experienced agencies.
When you support the Holiday Fund, you contribute to agencies like these who support youth at every turn.
We live in one of the most affluent communities in the world, and our youth shouldn’t have to miss out on opportunities to build a secure future for themselves. Youth in New Jersey shouldn’t live disadvantaged and vulnerable lives today.
Let’s celebrate together the achievement of youth receiving help and support.
P.S. If you want to support the Holiday Fund, you don’t have to wait until the holidays. Though we do the majority of our fundraising during that season, we welcome donations at any time of year.