Office of Youth Services

The Office of Youth Services promotes youth development, improves the conditions for children, and identifies resources within the community. The Office on Youth Services also encourages support strategies to allow children/youth to recognize their highest potential, promote continuous collaboration with community groups and agencies. The Office on Youth assist in establishing and expanding programs and services for the youth and encourage them to be contributing members within their communities. The Office on Youth Services serves as a central point of information in Elizabeth for youth related issues.

The Office of Youth Services operates youth-oriented programs, which include, but are not limited to S.O.A.R., Safe Haven, Building Future Leaders, C.O.D.E. Youth, and Youth Opportunity Services Program. These initiatives are unique and innovative because they address quality of life issues impacting the youth of the City of Elizabeth holistically. The programs assist younger children within the city through mentoring and project interaction with members of the community. These youth-oriented programs focus upon honing skills, wellness and healthy living, as well as positive alternatives to achieving success. These valuable services include the coordination of daily activities and the implementation of forums that address youth development, health, violence prevention, problem solving, self-esteem building, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, adolescent/teenage pregnancy prevention, after-school activities, job readiness and job placement.

  1. Donald M. Johnson


  2. Mariah Martinez

  3. Health Spare


Safe Haven Program

George Washington Elementary School #1 | 250 Broadway Elizabeth, NJ 07206

S.O.A.R. (Special Opportunity for Achievement and Reawakening)

Nicholas M. Butler School #23 | 631 Westminster Ave. Elizabeth, NJ 07208

B.F.L. Program (Building Future Leaders)

EHS Frank J. Cicarell Academy School #89 | 40 Morell St. Elizabeth, NJ 07202

C.O.D.E. Youth (Challenge, Organize, Develop and Empower)

Miller Evans Logan Center | 161-163 First St. Elizabeth, NJ 07206

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BFL Opens in new window@Building_Future_Leaders