In celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service on January 21, 2013, YouthBuild Newark (YBN) and Jersey Cares collaborated to beautify the space at YBN’s sister school, the Newark Leadership Academy (NLA). Convening at 8:00 am, staff and students gathered to paint a brightly-colored mural – that had been designed by NLA students and teachers – in the soon-to-be student lounge, and to repaint hallway doors and lockers in the Academy’s school colors.
Students and staff from YBN and NLA coordinated the day’s efforts, working with several volunteers who had learned about the event through Jersey Cares. The project offered students the occasion to recognize the value of their work and enhance their understanding of what it means to serve. As an AmeriCorps program, YBN has always been dedicated to providing students with diverse service-learning opportunities including partnering with the Greater Newark Conservancy to create community gardens and with Jersey Cares to paint West Side High School in previous years.
YBN is deeply grateful to Jersey Cares and to those volunteers who chose to spend a day in service with us. We look forward to continuing to collaborate to rebuild and revitalize Newark!
About Jersey Cares
Jersey Cares, a nonprofit organization established in 1993, recruits and engages volunteers in rewarding, effective efforts that address community-identified needs. It partners with local nonprofits to identify needs and implement volunteer projects to meet these needs. Jersey Cares provides individuals, families, corporate employees and community groups with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that range from tutoring children to painting new murals in schools.