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Business Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM      

What We Do

Youth & Children´s Services

UVSO’s Youth and Children’s Services has been under the expert direction of Dale Goodwin for the last 18 years. Her dedicated staff and loyal volunteers work tireless to provide a top-quality, center-based program for children and families all year round.

Services include:

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The Youth & Children’s Services Management Team – (From Left) Tara Mack-Herbert, Malik El-Amin, Mike Farley (UVSO Executive Director), Ellisa Clark-Rawls, Dale Goodwin And Elaine Singley

Infant and Toddler Center

1033-1035 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07106
973-374-2000 x1700

Our infant toddler curriculum is designed to nurture and stimulate your child’s development through play.

  • Children 6 weeks to 3 years old
  • Full day, full year, 7am to 5pm
  • Certified and experienced teachers
  • Breakfast, lunch and snack served daily
  • Programs for Parents accepted

Preschool

Vailsburg Child Development Center has 2 locations:

179-189 Smith St. 973-374-2000 x1300
475-487 Irvington Avenue 973-374-2000 x1600

The facilities include large classroom space build according to DOE specifications, playground space and a large multi-purpose space for meetings and performances.

UVSO has over 30 years of experience as an early childhood education provider. We offer a comprehensive program using developmentally appropriate practices based on the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Standard for preschool children. Learning is achieved through active play and hands-on experiences.

  • Children ages 3-5 years old
  • 15 children per classroom
  • Full day, full year, 730 am to 530 pm, summer hours TBD
  • State licensed and certified teachers
  • Family Assistant Workers
  • Newark Abbott contract, with Newark Public Schools Office of Early Childhood
  • Free 6-hour day educational instruction
  • AM/PM wraparound care available
  • Breakfast, lunch and snack served daily
  • Program For Parents accepted
Fire Safety Day At Ivy Hill Preschool
Fire Safety Day At Ivy Hill Preschool

After School Programs

UVSO’s public school-based afterschool programs for children in grades K-2 were developed as partnerships with local school principals who saw this need in their buildings, and asked UVSO to help. Services include:

  • Enrichment activities
  • Homework assistance
  • Recreation, arts & crafts and trips
  • Snack and light supper
  • No charge to children at participating schools

Middle school students can enroll in our Junior Teen program, which is operated out of our Teen Center at 40 Richelieu Terrace.

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Teen Center

Youth Leadership Corps/Teen Center
40 Richelieu Terrace, 973-374-2000 x1000

  • Ages 13-19
  • Community Service Projects
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Leadership training
  • Summer jobs
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Vailsburg Youth Leadership Corps

“I learned how to be patient and open up to people more, and that’s something I have had a hard time doing.” Teen Center Student

The Vailsburg Youth Leadership Corps of UVSO, is a six-day-a-week personal development program for up to 150 high school-aged youths residing in the Vailsburg section of Newark, NJ. The purpose of the Vailsburg Youth Leadership Corps is to provide a positive alternative to gangs and street life to teens that are at high risk due to significant levels of gang activity and street crime in the Vailsburg Community.

Hours of Operation

  • 5PM to 9PM on school days
  • 12 NOON to 5PM on Saturdays
  • 8AM to 8PM during summer months

The Teen Program’s Goals Are To

  • Ensure that every member graduates from high school with actionable plans for life after high school
  • Improve connectedness with school/law enforcement/community based agencies
  • Deter criminal and delinquent behaviors
  • Link youth to caring and supportive adults.

Summer Training and Work

As part of the Teen Center’s initiative, job readiness is pursued through its summer program. In the most recent year, the Unified Vailsburg Services Organization, Teen Center Division, has placed a total of one hundred and thirty five ( 135) students in a variety of summer jobs to include but not limited to convenient stores,  apartment buildings, Seton Hall University, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, parks, banks, schools, and much more!

Junior Teens (of the age 13), are placed in a job shadowing position and a summer camp is provided for children between the ages of 9-12.

The Teen Center is also well equipped for exercise and recreational activities and includes a dance studio, a cafeteria, a large performance and meeting area,  a library, a computer lab, a men’s lounge, a women’s lounge, and a game room.

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Summer Worker Spotlight

  Meet Erica: she is a young teen working hard to become successful. 

Why do you like the UVSO program so much?

I like the UVSO program because it’s a good environment and it’s friendly.

What are some of your best experiences at the program?

Some of the best experiences at program are when we had the car wash and when we had the community service.

What did the UVSO program help you accomplish in life?

It helped me accomplish not being shy anymore.

Did the UVSO program make you change the way you thought of yourself?

Yes, it helped me have confidence and made me believe in myself more.

“I honestly thank UVSO for making me a better person. I would love to become a permanent member of the UVSO Teen Center.” - Teen Center Summer Employment Student

Housing Development

UVSO’s housing development program commenced in 1983 and to date we have rehabilitated and or constructed one hundred and eighty units. We pre-sell all homes to first-time low-to-moderate income buyers. We also provide one-on-one housing counseling to prospective homebuyers, emphasizing homeownership as a means of improving ones economic base. Housing maintenance training workshops are conducted for new homebuyers and those who purchased our homes within the past three years. Those who purchased homes with two or more units are supplied with a Lease for their tenants and the Fannie Mae handbook "Becoming a Landlord". We assist them with the review of the workbook in order that they can answer the questions and receive their certificate.

Housing applicants are pre-approved through one of our financial affiliates. Those who are not approved because of their credit rating are referred to the Urban League of Essex County, or Citizen Action for credit counseling.

We are able to sell the homes at below market value by obtaining grants to subsidize the construction costs.

Map Of Vailsburg With UVSO Housing Units
Map Of Vailsburg With UVSO Housing Units

Community Outreach

Department of Community Outreach & Planning (DCOP)

The primary vehicle that connects neighborhood families, churches, schools, and other stakeholders to the UVSO mission is the UVSO-Heart of Vailsburg (HOV) Organizing Project, a network of neighbors who volunteer their time and skills to address concerns and work on solutions through actions of the HOV Steering Committee, Block Club Coalition (BCC) General Assembly, Vailsburg Garden Committee, Vailsburg Resident Services Committee, and Vailsburg Recreation Committee. The HOV/BCC is supported through the UVSO Department of Community Outreach & Planning (DCOP). The DCOP office also liaises on behalf of the agency to supporting community and city-wide projects and collaboratives including the West Ward Business Improvement District (BID), Newark DIG: Doing Infrastructure Green, and Newark Thrives! A Network for Youth Opportunity.

For UVSO-HOV membership information or to learn ways to volunteer at an upcoming call-to-action, contact Pamela B, Daniels, UVSO Community Outreach Coordinator at 973-373-3013 or email pdaniels@uvso.org.

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The Vailsburg Neighborhood Plan (VNP)

The 2013-2018 Vailsburg Neighborhood Plan has been released! Click here to see what we have in store for the neigborhood.

Every five years, UVSO engages in a two-year strategic planning process that establishes the basis for UVSO program development, evaluation, and revaluation. It also provides a blueprint for agency operations and growth. This comprehensive approach insures agency service goals and strategies are aligned with community needs and development goals, empowering residents to be part of the stabilizing of the neighborhood in yet another way.