Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Standout Saturday's at JECM


Jamal, Chris and Rey organize books for guest giveaways.

      Saturday February 22, 2014 was a great day at the Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum. In addition to having our walk-in guests and a wonderful visit from Guiding Star United Holy Church, the JECM hosted students from New Jersey Institute of Technology who will be working with the Youth Corps program on a variety of projects intent on enhancing the museum for current and future uses.

Making sure our Youth Corps students gain proper professional development experience is a major priority for our program. Staff is able to elevate their current positions by becoming Floor Manager for a day, which increases their responsibilities and allows them to flourish from a different perspective. They have to learn and develop leadership qualities, time management skills and a positive attitude to successfully complete a busy day.

Our Floor Manager of the week was Stephanie, and she had a cooperative cast of hard working Youth Corps students that did their part to ensure the day went smoothly without a hitch. Stephanie was responsible in putting staff in their positions, conversing and welcoming our guests, keeping the staff on track with the exhibit rotations and keeping watch on the different events taking place throughout the building. Saturdays are typically very busy with many different variables, and Stephanie maintained her composure and focus throughout her shift. She spoke with a confident tone at the end of the day about her experience:

“My experience in being floor manager is it's difficult at times but you just have to keep yourself composed. Make sure everyone has a good time. The hardest part of my job today was taking the walk-ins and having them sit down and organized. It sounds easy but that was the hardest part. The best part of my job today was seeing all the smiles on the kids faces when they left. My advice for future floor managers is to make sure you know what you are doing and have a very good schedule.

Working with a very capable and intelligent team, Stephanie had the services of Jamal, Rey, Shakira, Kennay, Chris, Steven and Ryan who ran exhibits ranging from the Ancient Tomb treasure hunt, Jukebox and Science. Tequan, who was a standout in last semesters group of Youth Corps students, volunteered his services as well. 

Stephanie goes over schedule with Kennay.

Tequan takes guests on tour through Jukebox exhibit.

Shakira and Kennay double check their jobs for the day.

Steven, Jamal and Chris ready to conduct science experiment with guests .

Stephanie oversee's book organization for guests.

Rey and Tequan make sure they have all the details for incoming guests and their itinerary for the day.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Jersey Explorer Children's Museum

The Jersey Explorer Children's Museum is located on 192 Dodd St. in East Orange NJ. It is the official work site of the Jersey City Youth Corps Program. It is open to school groups and educational institutions Wednesday through Friday, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM by appointment. On Saturday's from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM it is open to the public for exciting tours and birthday celebrations. For more information on the individual exhibits and additional activities please visit the official site: http://www.jerseyexplorer.org/

 Youth Corps Crew Leader and staff conducting science experiment for guests.

Youth Corps staff member with guests in our Main Street exhibit.

Youth Corps staff member with guests in our Tomb of the Ancient Kings exhibit.

Welcome To Youth Corps of Jersey City!

  • NJ Youth Corps is a year-round program for young adults aged 16 to 25 who left high school without earning their diplomas.  Youth Corps provides these individuals with a second chance, supporting their efforts to earn their diplomas while also developing essential employment skills through meaningful community services.  The program is located on the NJCU campus, and provides a wide variety of support programs in:
    • Remedial Academics
    • Computer Training
    • Reading/Writing
    • Math/Science
    • Critical Thinking
    • GED Test Prep (Introductory Vocational Training or DSAT and College Prep)
    • Social Skills
    • Leadership
    • Visits/Tours
    • Awareness
    • Career Counseling
    • Personal Counseling
    • Cultural Activities

Our office is located at
New Jersey City University
Grossnickle Hall
Room 415
2039 Kennedy Blvd.

Jersey CityNJ 07306

For more information, please call (201) 200-3101