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What is Youth Corps?
New Jersey’s Youth Corps is one of the largest youth service and conservation corps in the United States. Established in 1984, the mission of Youth Corps is to "restore and preserve the dignity of young adults who have been underserved." Today’s Youth Corps is directly descended from the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930’s that built so many of our nation’s parks and other public facilities which are still in use today. Monmouth County’s Youth Corps is proud to be counted among the nation’s one hundred and thirteen Service and Conservation Corps that operate in forty-one states and the District of Columbia. The Monmouth County Youth Corps is one of twelve Youth Corps chapters currently operating in the State of New Jersey.
Monmouth County Youth Corps
The Monmouth County Youth Corps is sponsored by Interfaith Neighbors, Inc., a non-profit agency whose commitment to providing high quality services with the care and understanding of a neighbor is well established within Monmouth county and surrounding areas. Interfaith Neighbors expanded the reach of the former Asbury Park Youth Corps program from a city-wide program to a county-wide program in order to serve as many youth as possible. This program serves young men and women between the ages of 16 and 25 who have not been able to complete high school.
Orientation periods are two weeks long and are held periodically throughout the year for prospective new Youth Corps participants. During orientation, the youth engage in team building activities, assessments, field trips and various activities that build Corps unity and pride. Once orientation is complete and if accepted into the Youth Corps program, each young adult then participates a voluntary program includes components that provide the means for youth to obtain the skills necessary for future academic and/or career success. It provides an individualized educational component that helps Corps members work toward taking a G.E.D. (General Educational Development) test or helps them advance one grade level by program completion. The program engages young adults in community service projects, life skills and employability skills training, and offers counseling support.
The Youth Corp program operates Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at our site at 810 Fourth Ave. Asbury Park, N.J. If you know of any young adult between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five who have dropped out of high school, we would like to meet with them. Please contact us today to inquire about our next orientation dates.