Youth Corps

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Youth Corps

About Youth Corps

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New Jersey Youth Corps-Jersey City is located on campus of New Jersey City University. Since 1988, the mission has been is to restore and preserve the dignity of young adults who have been underserved, and enhance their value to society by providing a comprehensive program of academic instruction and community service. Together, they form a solid foundation upon which to build a brighter future.

It is one of the largest youth service and conservation corps in the United States. Youth Corps is a year-round voluntary program that serves young adults between the ages 16-25 years old in full-time community service training and educational activities.

Guided by staff who serve as mentors and role-models, teams of youth called "crews" carry out a wide range of community service projects. During corps members' tenure in the program they receive a stipend.

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Contact: Melinda Estrada-Anderson, Program Coordinator


Academic Enrichment

New Jersey Youth Corps assists young adults in improving their academic performance. Our approach combines academics with career-related goals in a service-learning approach. In addition to improvement in basic education skills corps members can expect to receive:

  • Educational development in basic skills
  • Individualized academic preparation to obtain a high school equivalency diploma
  • A combination of life skills and employability skills instruction
  • Personal and career counseling to build self-esteem, clarify values, and develop leadership skills while they are developing their career portfolio

Community Service

Corps members are required to work in crews of 6-10 with a supervisor who sets and models clear standards of behavior. The community service projects allow young adults with limited or no employment history an opportunity to develop positive employability skills while addressing the needs of their communities.

Some examples of the opportunities available are:

  • Presenters at the Jersey Explorer Children's Museum
  • Office Team members with the Youth Corps- Basic Office Instruction Team
  • Severs at the Local soup kitchens
  • Restoration Team in collaboration with the Jersey City Department of Public Works

Transitional Services

Transitional services and continuing supportive services are available to corps members as they transition to college, secondary vocational training, employment or other national and domestic service opportunities.

Additional services provided are:

  • College Placement
  • Career Portfolio/Resume
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Additional Vocational Training
  • Job Placement
  • Life skills and employability skills


New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Workforce Grant and Program Management Youth and Apprenticeship Programs
1 John Fitch Plaza
P.O. Box 055 - 7th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0055
Patricia E. Jordan, CPM
Youth Programs Manager
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Location: Grossnickle Hall, Room 415
Phone: 201-200-3101
Fax: 201-200-2301

Nikketta Pressley-Walsh Director

Locations of Additional NJ Youth Corps Programs

  • NJ Youth Corps of Atlantic County- Pleasantville
    • 609-485-0052 x810
  • NJ Youth Corps of Atlantic County- Atlantic City
    • 609-385-7979
  • NJ Youth Corps of Camden County
    • 856-486-7390
  • NJ Youth Corps of Middlesex County
    • 732-745-5300 x4401
  • NJ Youth Corps of Newark- International Youth Organization
    • 973-641-2094
  • NJ Youth Corps of Newark- Leaders for Life, Inc.
    • 973-855-4950
  • NJ Youth Corps of Paterson
    • 973-321-0570 x0571
  • NJ Youth Corps of Phillipsburg
    • 877-270-7266
  • NJ Youth Corps of Sussex County
    • 973-940-3500
  • NJ Youth Corps of Trenton
    • 609-570-3153
  • NJ Youth Corps of Union County
    • 908-353-7171 x106
  • NJ Youth Corps of Vineland
    • 856-794-6943

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