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

For more information, email:

Monthly Grocery Distribution
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 | 10am-2pm
Champion House, 409 S 18th Street, Newark, NJ 07103
PSEG Newark Energy Assistance Day
Friday, April 19, 2024 | 10am-3pm
West Side Park Community Center, 600 S 17th Street, Newark, NJ 07018
Vailsburg Park Community Conservancy's
Autism Walk or Run
Saturday, April 27, 2024 | Starts at 11am
Vailsburg Park Track
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!

April 2024 Event Recap

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Youngsters across greater Newark got an opportunity this week to participate in prevention activities aimed at engaging youth and fostering positive community interactions during our CBVI program's "Spring Into Action to Conquer Violence" spring break series. The events, which were hosted at the West Side Park Community Center in Newark, took a proactive approach to addressing community needs while promoting youth engagement and mitigating potential risks associated with increased violent incidents.
The weeklong series included various activities including flag football, basketball, mental health and wellness group talks, a "Real Life Monopoly" life skills project, and a Brush-n-Slush painting exercise.

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.

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United Community Corporation

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