Aug-28-13 Youth Corps Joins in Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lt. Governor Leads 50th Anniversary Celebration Of "I Have A Dream" Speech
New Jersey Youth Corps members from all corners of the state gathered for the event in Trenton, where some posed for photographs in front of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development headquarters before the ceremonies. New Jersey Youth Corps is one of the largest youth service and conservation corps in the United States. New Jersey Youth Corps is a year-round, voluntary program which engages young adults (ages 16-25) in full-time community service, training, and educational activities.
Funded by the Department of Labor each year and guided by staff who serve as mentors and role models, teams of youth called “crews” carry out a wide range of service projects. They were among the first organizations to respond in cleaning up communities and assisting relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy devastated New Jersey communities last year.
In return for their work in restoring and strengthening communities, corps members receive:
- education development in basic skills and preparation to obtain a General Educational Development diploma or GED, or a locally issued adult high school diploma;
- 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;
- continuing support services as they transition to college, training, employment or other national and domestic service opportunities;
- community service opportunities which develop positive employability skills while addressing community needs. Corps members also receive a stipend while enrolled in Youth Corps.
Some members of New Jersey Youth Corps gathered in front of the Department of Labor and
Workforce Development before walking over to the New Jersey State Museum Auditorium,
where 140 Youth Corps members joined in Governor Chris Christie’s celebration of the 50th
Anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech.