Fall session of NJ Youth Corps launches Oct. 30

Training program at Project Self-Sufficiency


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  • New Jersey Youth Corps student Karina Cinto.



— Enrollment for the fall session of the New Jersey Youth Corps program at Project Self-Sufficiency is underway. The sixteen-week program launches on October 30 at Project Self-Sufficiency. The New Jersey Youth Corps 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.

Participants in the New Jersey Youth Corps at project Self-Sufficiency 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 free of charge at the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center.

Current New Jersey Youth Corps student Karina Cinto is the mother of three children. Cinto dropped out of high school ten years ago to focus on work and family. She recently made the decision to complete her education.

“This is a very helpful program, not just because you are getting your high school diploma, but also because they have different programs here at Project Self-Sufficiency," Cinto said. "We just got certified in CPR and there are a lot of services here for employment.”

Cinto plans on entering a barbering school program upon graduation from the New Jersey Youth Corps.

“I feel proud of myself," she said. "Seven years ago I became a mother, which is a beautiful feeling. But now I am doing something for myself, for my future and for my kids.”

Project Self-Sufficiency is offering a $100 gift card to those who refer a young adult, ages 16 – 25, to the New Jersey Youth Corps training and education 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.

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 973-940-3510. 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 <URL destination="http://www.projectselfsufficiency.org. ">www.projectselfsufficiency.org.

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