Youth Development

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

All Oasis youth development programs encourage respect, teamwork and tolerance for one another, as well as promote healthy and productive life long habits. They directly support working families by providing a safe haven for their children from the tough streets of Paterson outside of school hours.

Registration is currently open for all programs. Contact Evelyn Peña to register - (973) 881-8307 x126.

Michael Wagner After-School Program

  • Serves 195 children aged 6 – 12
  • Through a partnership with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Feeding America, a national network of over 200 regional food banks, the After-School Program is also one of 27 Kids Cafe sites in the State of New Jersey. 
  • Kids Cafe is the nation’s largest after-school meal service, providing both a snack at the start of the program and a hot meal before the students leave for the night.
  • Children receive homework help, supplemental academic activities, and fun programs coordinated by volunteers from the community.
  • After-school tutors include former participants of the program who are currently in high school or college.

TEEN Program

(Teen Empowerment and Enrichment Network)

  • Serves girls and boys aged 13-18 from area middle and high schools
  • Designed to empower teens to become strong, independent, and thoughtful.
  • Teens meet at Oasis for homework help, workshops, and life skills development on topics including nutrition/cooking, study skills, self-defense, and self-esteem.
  • Teens also participate in regular field trips to museums, tourist attractions, and educational venues.

Some recent teen girl activities include:

  • Yoga
  • CPR Training
  • Tour and BBQ at BAE Systems

Some recent teen boy activities include:

  • Rock Climbing
  • Painting a mural
  • Visiting the Paterson Great Falls National Park

TEEN College and Career Program

  • Mentors help teen girls navigate college and career opportunities.
  • Help with college applications, financial aid forms, and college essays.
  • In 2015-2016 100% of graduating teens were accepted and enrolled in college with partial scholarships.

Carl’s Kids Summer Camp

  • Camp serves 170 children (85 per each month-long session) aged 6 – 12 each summer.
  • For July, children spend one day at Oasis, one day at Mary Help of Christians Academy Summer Camp, and three days at the Wyckoff Family YMCA Summer Camp, accompanied by Oasis counselors.
  • For August, children spend two days at Oasis and three days at the Wyckoff Family YMCA Summer Camp, accompanied by Oasis counselors.
  • In 2016, 10 Full-time camp counselors, many of whom are Paterson residents, were hired through our “First Jobs” Program in partnership with the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.
  • High school and college volunteers also prepare and lead special activities and programs each session.

Paterson Youth Photography Project (PYPP) at Oasis

  • PYPP at Oasis serves 30 children aged 8 – 13 on Saturday mornings in the Fall and Winter.
  • Program includes classes on elements of composition, motion, shadow/reflection, buildings/structures, portraits, and nature.
  • PYPP leverages volunteer support of professional photographers as teachers.
  • To learn more about the PYPP instructors and see a gallery of student work, click to visit the PYPP website.

Rise and Shine Saturday Programs

On Saturday mornings during the school year the following programs are available:

  • Photography
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Math & Reading tutoring
  • SAT classes

If you are interested in volunteering for our Saturday programs please contact one of our Volunteer Coordinators. These programs are run entirely by volunteers and friends of Oasis!