Aug-11-16 Christie Administration Welcomes Newest Youth Corps Grantee
Project Self-Sufficiency in Newton Selected as Youth Corps Site
Newton, N.J., August 11, 2016 – The Christie Administration today congratulated Project Self-Sufficiency in Sussex County on becoming the newest New Jersey Youth Corps (NJYC) site. Project Self-Sufficiency was selected by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development as one of 11 Youth Corps grantees for fiscal year 2017.
“We are excited to welcome Project Self-Sufficiency to New Jersey Youth Corps,” said Deputy Commissioner Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D., of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. “This year, our department is investing more than $5 million in Youth Corps programs throughout the state to engage young adults who have dropped out of high school through a year-round program of full-time community service, training and educational activities to put them on a path of self-reliance. I am confident that the new Sussex County site will build on this program’s record of success.”
Project Self-Sufficiency’s sixteen-week program launches in October and includes assessments, testing, employability skills training, life skills workshops, academic instruction, community service projects, field trips and counseling services. Free transportation and childcare will also be provided.
“This innovative program offers young adults the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, obtain on-the-job training, and receive essential support as they move on to college, a career or military service,” said Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon. “The New Jersey Youth Corps dovetails perfectly with Project Self-Sufficiency’s existing programs. Program participants will be able to take advantage of Project Self-Sufficiency’s established, state-of-the-art Career Center, our on-site childcare center and case management services.”
Project Self-Sufficiency is a community-based, non-profit organization which specializes in services for low-income families in northwestern New Jersey. Programs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency include family literacy education, computer training and job placement services, assistance with parenting skills, childcare, counseling and advocacy, referrals, and help with emergency basic needs.
Youth Corps was created in 1984 and serves young people from age 16 to 25 who have left high school before graduating. NJYC is one of the largest youth service and conservation corps in the United States.
Youth Corps members work in teams to perform a variety of service projects. In return for their efforts, they receive education development in basic skills and preparation to obtain a GED or locally issued adult high school diploma. They also receive instruction in life skills and employability skills; personal and career counseling to build self-esteem and develop leadership skills while developing a career portfolio; and continued support services during transitions to college, training, employment or other national and domestic services opportunities.
Ninety percent of NJYC members who successfully complete the program return to traditional high schools, enter the military, obtain direct job placement, enter an on-the-job training program, enter college, vocational training, or enter a full-time community service program.
In addition to the new Sussex County site, the department is funding Youth Corps sites in Atlantic, Camden, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Union, and Warren counties in fiscal year 2017.
More information on New Jersey Youth Corps is available here.
Patricia Moran, Ph.D., Executive Director of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity for
the New Jersey Department of Labor, congratulated Project Self-Sufficiency on being selected as
a New Jersey Youth Corps site for fiscal year 2017.