Youth, Family & Senior Services

21st Century Aftercare Program

21st Century Hybrid After School

The Need

Youth in Newark face particularly acute challenges. Just 78% of students graduate from high school, and students are often not adequately trained to enter the workforce. There is a pressing need for quality comprehensive programs that provide young people with academic support, career exposure and preparation, and positive recreational activities in a safe and secure environment is clear.

Our Service

United Community Corporation (UCC) provides summer camp and after-school programs to more than 300 children and families. UCC’s Project 21 After-school program provides academic support, career exploration and recreational activities in a fun but structured after-school environment at West Side Park Community Center, Waterfront Community Center, South 17th Street School, Hawthorne Avenue School, and Harriet Tubman Elementary School. The summer camp and after-school program includes trips, academic and recreational programming and much more. UCC's West Side Park site offers; Well run and enriching after school programs in a safe secure environment, vibrant summer camp for children includes weekly outings and a camping trip and a wide range of facilities at Westside Park includes outdoor tennis, playgrounds, track, basketball court, a gymnasium and dance studio.

In addition, UCC runs West Side Park Community Center which is used for community events and programs, open gym and much more.

Westside Park

600 S 17th Street

Newark, NJ 07103 United States



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**This is a FREE community event**


United Community Corporation’s S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program was made eligible by funding through a grant from the NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives as well as programming support from the Arman Roy Foundation. This program was created with the goal of providing students with a better understanding of the S.T.E.A.M. field that will prepare them for 21st Century learning and careers. It began in December of 2019 and operated nearly through all of 2020 - with a break from October-November for reprogramming.

Over 60 S.T.E.A.M. classes were held virtually, hybrid and in-person reaching over 40 students during 2020. Programming was provided by UCC’s S.T.E.A.M. instructors as well as from the Montclair Learning Center, Women of Wellness and Arts for Kids.

“S.T.E.A.M is really important because it allows kids the chance to explore something new,” Director of Youth, Family & Senior Services Yucleidis Melendez said. “When they start exploring the S.T.E.A.M. field, some of them realize how much they like technology or engineering.

We introduce them to these topics in a fun way.”

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United Community Corporation

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