Youth Development

All Oasis youth development programs encourage respect, teamwork, and tolerance for one another and promote healthy and productive life-long habits. 

  • Michael Wagner After-School Academy

    Our After-School Academy serves elementary-age children (ages 6 - 12).  We provide intensive academic support to ensure low-income children meet or exceed state standards in math and language arts. With a dedicated youth social worker, we also provide children with intensive and personalized psychosocial help. 

    Our staff includes certified teachers and tutors, providing a 1:4 ratio of adults to student. 

    For more information and to sign up, contact Megan McLaughlin

    (973) 881-8307 x142 or by email at

  • TEEN programs

    This program serves teenage girls and boys (ages 13 - 18) from area middle and high schools. It is designed to empower teens to become strong, independent, and thoughtful. The program includes a college knowledge and career planning component, among other facets including: 

    • Academic goal setting and achievement
    • Arts
    • Leadership/community service
    • Life Skills (financial literacy, self-esteem building, personal care and safety)
    • Physical fitness
    For more information and to sign up, contact Nicole Moncayo at
    (973) 881-8307 x115 or by email at

  • Carl's Kids Summer Camp

    Camp serves 170 children (85 per each month-long session) ages 6 - 12 each summer.

    Children split their time between Oasis, Mary Help of Christians Academy Summer Camp, and the Wyckoff Family YMCA Summer Camp.  Ten camp counselors, many of whom are Paterson residents, are hired through our “First Jobs” Program in partnership with the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. 

    For more information and to sign up, contact Jim Walsh at

    (973) 881-8307 x123 or by email at

  • Rise and Shine Saturdays

    On Saturdays during the school year the following programs are available:

    For more information and to sign up, contact Evelyn Cuciti at

    (973) 881-8307 x120 or by email

  • Full service Community School

    Public School 2 and 16

    Oasis is the lead agency helping transform Paterson Public Schools 2 and 16 into full-service community schools. Oasis has implemented a highly academic After-School Program, which is modeled after our incredibly successful After-School Academy.

    Oasis also provides the families of School 2 and 16 with a range of services, including psychosocial services, basic needs (meals, clothing), parent workshops, and family engagement nights. We work intensively with School 2 and 16 administration and staff members to provide for the children and their families.

    To learn more about the services at School 2, contact Jessica Abreu, Full Service Community School Coordinator, at (973) 881-8307 x149 or by email at