Young adults, ages 16 – 25, in need of a high school diploma are invited to check out the New Jersey Youth Corps at Project Self-Sufficiency. The sixteen-week program, which starts on July 9th, gives those who have not completed high school the opportunity to boost their literacy skills, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, obtain on-the-job work experience, and transition into a career, college or the military. Informational Open Houses about the program will be held Tuesdays, June 19th and 26th, at 5:00 p.m., and Thursdays, June 14th and 21st, at 11:00 a.m. In addition, Project Self-Sufficiency is offering a $100 gift card to those who refer a student to the program. In order to receive the gift card, referred individuals must enroll in the program, complete the two-week orientation and be inducted into the program.
“This innovative program offers young adults who might not have been successful in a traditional high school setting the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, get on-the-job training and receive essential support as they enter the next stage in their life,” explains Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.
Participants in the New Jersey Youth Corps must be Sussex or Warren County residents, aged 16 – 25, who have not completed high school. The program includes assessments, testing, employability skills training, life skills workshops, academic instruction, community service projects, field trips, and counseling services. Program participants will prepare for the high school equivalency examination, and receive a stipend of $100 per week, based on attendance for the full week. Free transportation is provided. Childcare is also provided at the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center.
The New Jersey Youth Corps, which is funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, is also in operation at sites around the state, including Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Newark, Paterson, Phillipsburg, Pleasantville, Trenton and Vineland. Those who are interested in learning more about the New Jersey Youth Corps at Project Self-Sufficiency are encouraged to call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500. To register for the New Jersey Youth Corps at Project Self-Sufficiency, or to find out more about other programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org. Follow all updates about the program at Project Self-Sufficiency on the New Jersey Youth Corps Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyYouthCorpsofSussexWarrenCounties/.