JERSEY CITY, NJ — Jersey City will resume its outdoor recreation programs and youth development, starting on March 15, Mayor Steven Fulop announced Tuesday.
Department of Recreation & Youth Development programs that are set to restart include baseball, soccer, track & Field, tennis, skateboarding, and bucket drumming – all of which were suspended due to the COVID pandemic.
Along with the announcement came one of the launch of the online application process for Jersey City Youth Works, a renowned multi-program initiative providing meaningful summer employment and enrichment opportunities to more than 3,000 youth, ages 15-24 years old since its inception in 2014.
“What I enjoyed about working at Rec during the summer is getting to meet new people in my community and making new connections in Jersey City,” said Jeremiah Yorker, a former Youth Works employee. “My motto is, ‘You are never too young to lead, and we are never too old to learn’ and Youth Works encapsulates exactly that, providing the support we need to continue pushing towards our goals and dreams.”
The application process for Jersey City Youth Works begins with the online application, which is now open through April 11, 2021. Individuals who are selected are then interviewed by representatives of participating organizations.
This year’s Youth Works program will focus on outdoor jobs at the City’s two public pools, six summer camps, and various sports leagues. Working in partnership with the Department of Recreation & Youth Development, the Division of Parks will also utilize youth support for park maintenance to ensure safe, clean spaces are available for athletes, campers, and park-goers throughout the City.
“We are making strides towards a return to normalcy, which is particularly critical for our youth. We’ve worked to safely bring back our youth development and sports programming in order to empower our young residents who are at a pivotal age, because providing this hands-on approach to professional development will ultimately help shape their career paths and long-term goals,” said Fulop.