Youth Development

Youth Programs

Education sets children up for a successful future. Yet low-income children in Paterson fall far behind their more affluent peers in test scores and other measures of academic achievement.

Oasis offers children a safe and structured educational environment every weekday. Elementary-age students are served a hot dinner and attend grade-level classes led by professional teachers. A youth social worker offers psychosocial support to participating students.

The Michael Wagner After-School Academy

Oasis offers children a safe and structured educational environment every weekday. Elementary-age students are served a hot dinner and attend grade-level classes led by professional teachers. A youth social worker offers psychosocial support to participating students.

Oasis Teen Program

This program addresses teens’ academic, career, and socio-emotional issues. An onsite guidance counselor helps teens investigate career options and navigate the college application process.

Carl’s Kids Summer Camp

Oasis operates a traditional camp for 170 children every summer. This program offers impoverished children socialization, fitness, fun, and educational opportunities. Local teenagers are hired as summer camp counselors as part of an Oasis summer “First Jobs” initiative.

Rise and Shine Saturday Program

Oasis opens its doors on Saturdays, and our classrooms swell with youth and adults participating in academic enrichment programs otherwise unavailable to them. Local families participate in computer, English as a Second Language, math, and reading classes, among other class offerings.

Full-Service Community School Partnerships

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 modeled after our incredibly successful After-School Academy.

2022 Youth Development Achievements:

  • 167 children participated in daily after-school sessions focused on academics, social and emotional wellbeing, and life skills; sessions ran throughout the school year for 40 weeks.
  • 214 low-income city children enjoyed the benefits of a summer camp. 
  • 39 teens actively participated in our teen program, improving their academic skills, exploring career and post-secondary education opportunities, and learning critical life skills.

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