Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NJ Youth Corps visit Washington DC (Part 1)

The NJ Youth Corps went on a mission to check in with the National Park Service in regards to the Jersey Explorer Children's Museum's extensive Vietnam Memorial Collection. We traveled by van to our nation's capitol on September 11th. It was a solemn day, marking the 13th year of the 9-11 tragedy which shook our nation to its core. What a day to be reminded of the liberties we have as citizens of this great country and explore some of the most famous landmarks in the world.

In addition to receiving an exclusive tour of the National Park Service warehouse and facilities, Youth Corps students were also exposed to the White House, Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial and other historic landmarks in DC. The trip was a first for our students and they were very attentive and enthusiastic about our journey. 

We left from Jersey City at about 7:00 am and returned back home shorty after 10:00 pm. It was an unforgettable trip for our students, who we will hear from directly via video in a part 2 update to this post. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NJ Youth Corps and Jersey Explorer Children's Museum @ 24 Hours Of Peace in Newark, NJ

24HrsofPeace is our outdoor cultural event aimed at addressing violence through the performing arts. Music, Poetry, Dance, Film and Spoken Word are the vehicles we will use to promote the message of peace and unity in the community. Please join us August 29th 6pm on Clinton Avenue in Newark between Treacy Avenue and Bergen Street. -  https://24hrsofpeace.wordpress.com/

NJ Youth Corps along with the Jersey Explorer Children's Museum were eager to give a helping hand to such a monumental event that directly involves the talents of young people making a positive difference. 

Radio Host, Hip Hop Artist and Activist Hakeem Green showed his support by visiting the JECM before '24 Hours Of Peace' took place. He was in awe of our museum and staff as well as our informative, thought provoking exhibits. 

Hakeem is one of the key organizers for the 24HoursofPeace event, which is presented by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. Thanks to our connections and supporters we were able to donate over a thousand books over the weekend for a unified effort on decreasing violence in Newark and increasing support for the talented citizens who are spreading awareness and promoting peace and love.