HOBOKEN, NJ – Community Lifestyle, a non-profit that seeks to foster a commitment to youth and teens that will instill a sense of hope in the future, is already making a monumental impact in the Hoboken community.
Their Flag Football initiative this Spring saw nearly 250 kids get involved in the games at Mama Johnson Field. Looking to capitalize on the success of that program and engage local youth throughout the summer, Community Lifestyle is offering a FREE summer camp for children aged 6-13.
Camp is slated to begin camp on Monday, July 5, and will run for eight weeks—through August 27.
The program is primarily targeted at residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority, who are at a disadvantage with the majority of Hoboken’s residents.
“Children living here are not able to get an opportunity for quality programming. The most logical and effective step would be to convert their community rooms into summer camp activity areas,” says Community Lifestyle, which is run by Chairman Louis Quinones, Board President Scott Somsel and a dedicated group of other passionate individuals who are focused on creating a dynamic and fun environment where youth can grow, develop, and lead. “Not only will these rooms be utilized as an outlet for children to play in a safe environment, but also as a way to enhance their educational and developmental skills, introduce basic life skills and overall provide a place they can be themselves.”
The camp will focus on recreational and fitness activities, thereby developing proper social skills, improved self-esteem, physical activity, and a sense of community. Organizers want the camp to be, “a place where kids and teens are welcome giving them a chance to change their circumstances and stay off the streets and out of trouble.”
Community Lifestyle has made this and other programs possible through partnerships with various other community organizations—including Kids Dream Big, which provided uniforms for the Flag Football program.
Obviously, the group also depends a lot on the generosity of the surrounding community to keep their programs running. The next fundraising event is TONIGHT at Pilsener Haus & Biergarten on Thursday, June 3rd from 6-9 p.m., which is a great opportunity to learn more about the organization and have fun with friends. Tickets are $50 and includes dinner and a drink. CLICK HERE for ticket information.
For volunteer opportunities with the Community Lifestyle, CLICK HERE.
To donate to the organization and their ongoing efforts to support youth in our community, CLICK HERE.
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