Youth, Family & Senior Services

A study by the National Institute on Aging found that social isolation in older adults can have negative effects on health and well-being, including increased risk for depression and cognitive decline. Additionally, research from the National AfterSchool Association shows that after-school programs can improve academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, and increase social skills for children. By providing these types of programs, United Community Corporation in Newark, NJ can positively impact the lives of children and seniors in the community. In fact, UCC's social and educational programming has already helped over 500 children and seniors in the area, with 95% of parents reporting improved academic performance for their children and 85% of seniors reporting increased social connections and a better sense of community involvement.

WSP Community Center

600 S 17th Street, Newark, NJ 07103

973-642-0181 ext. 5726

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Monthly Groceries and Vaccines
Every 3rd Wednesday | 2pm-4pm
Westside Park Community Center, 600 S 17th Street, Newark, NJ 07103
Runway Canvas (Auditions)
Twice a week| 4pm-6pm
Westside Park Community Center, 600 S 17th Street, Newark, NJ 07103
For more information, contact | 973-642-0181

If you or someone you know are in need of food, baby items, clothing, shelter, energy assistance, pending eviction or mortgage assistance, at risk of lead exposure at home, are a victim of a crime, and/or need youth development activities or young adult vocational training we have a department here to help!

Community Based Violence Intervention Program (CBVI)


The Community Based Violence Intervention Program began in March 2022. The program is designed to provide services to youth between the ages of 13-23. Our main focus is on violence and assisting those that were convicted of violence, victims of violence and those that are considered at risk of being involved with violence. CBVI conducts workshops on different forms of violence including:

  • Gang Violence
  • School Violence
  • Victims of Crime
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Elderly Abuse
  • Violence in the LGBQT Community

Different events are coordinated to boost self-confidence, educate participants, and build bonds while interacting with professionals that the youth can emulate. The team creates workshops and activities to give the youth a change in their routine and an enjoyable means to distract from life’s stresses.This program uplifts youth and families to avoid violence and poverty that consumes their well-being.

YFSSGeneral Flyer (8.5 × 11 in)

Community and Family Empowerment Program

UCC’s Community and Family Empowerment Program aims to effectively engage families about the services available to their children, connect families to a network of community programs, agencies, and services that support and empower parents in advocating for their children, and aid families in maneuvering the Juvenile Justice System reform efforts. 

UCC has provided services for at-risk individuals & families since 1964, which extended to providing specialized programming and support to those involved in the Juvenile Justice System.  Our current services for youth include academic support, homework assistance, mentoring, entrepreneurial education, STEAM programming, career exposure, a job training and preparedness program, and recreational activities. Our services allow us to identify and nurture the youth that are most susceptible to juvenile delinquency behaviors and redirect them towards wholesome, productive and community-building activities. 

The goal of UCC’s Community and Family Empowerment Program is to address the needs of the youth and families involved in the Juvenile Justice System in Essex County by providing an increased level of family engagement and community support while decreasing the recidivism rate in Essex County Juvenile Justice System.   

United Community Corporation

"Moving people from dependency to self-sufficiency"