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 but spots are limited. 

Contact Evelyn Peña to register - (973) 881-8307 x126.

Michael Wagner After-School Academy

  • Serves 100 children aged 6 – 12
  • Children receive intensive academic support, including homework help and fun learning programs such as robotics and STEAM activities.
  • Staff includes certified teachers and tutors,  providing a 1:4 ratio of adults to student
  • 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 Academy is also one of the 27 Kids Cafe sites in the State of New Jersey.
  • Kids Cafe is the nation's largest after-school meal service, providing a hot meal upon arrival and a snack before students leave for the night.
  • Volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as, STEAM support on Fridays.

TEEN Program for Girls and boys

(Teen Empowerment and Enrichment Network)

This program serves girls and boys aged 13-18 from area middle and high schools. It is designed to empower teens to become strong, independent, and thoughtful. The program has a 9 month rolling curriculum that covers 6 main "pods":
  • Academic goal setting and achievement (homework help, STEAM, robotics)
  • Arts (visual and performing arts education, zentangle, DIY projects)
  • College and career planning (SAT classes, financial aid classes, college visits)
  • Leadership/community service (volunteer work, leadership projects)
  • Life Skills (financial literacy, self-esteem building, personal care and safety)
  • Physical fitness/healthy living (yoga, fitness and nutrition classes)

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 2017, 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 Saturdays during the school year the following programs are available:

  • Photography
  • Dance
  • Guitar
  • Cooking
  • Musical theatre
  • Art
  • Math & reading tutoring

If you are interested in volunteering for our Saturday programs please contact one of our volunteer coordinators!