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New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

JOY Making A Difference

Project Director:  Stenell Greene-Myers
670 Delaware Avenue, Paulsboro NJ 08361
Telephone 856- 423-2222
Fax 856-457-7593

County: Gloucester

Servicing School District(s): Paulsboro High School

CCLC Sites:  JOY Making A Difference

Partners:  Paulsboro Public School District and Rowan College at Gloucester County

Serving Grade Level:  7 through 12

No. of Students to be served:  75

No. of Adults to be served:  25

Times of Services: Afterschool: 2:45-5:45 p.m., Summer: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


JOY Making a Difference Inc. (JOY) is a nonprofit 501c3 recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education.  JOY services students in grades 7 through 12 and focuses on career awareness and exploration. JOY implements program activities for students that develop lifelong aspirations, assist in making informed choices about college and career, identifying career goals and exposing them to a wide range of career experiences.  These topics are particularly relevant to students in the middle and high school grades preparing for futures beyond secondary education. 

JOY focuses on the areas of academic remediation and academic enrichment activities by reinforcing basic skills in reading and mathematics through homework completion, tutoring and studying.  This serves to build a foundation that will ensure future success in leadership and career roles.  Students use schoolwork and academic achievement as the basis of knowledge they need to become successful in the workplace. Students in grades 9 through 12 are offered college preparation in order to support positive outcomes on college and career readiness indicators.  JOY partnered with Rowan College at Gloucester County to enable students to identify career goals and understand how to effectively manage transitioning from high school to college.

JOY also focuses on health, nutrition, fitness and physical activity to promote healthy bodies and healthy minds.  Students participate in weekly dance classes to encourage movement, coordination, and development of healthy lifestyle goals.  Program collaborators introduce participants to balanced diets and healthy choices through wellness and nutrition workshops. 

Family engagement is critical in showcasing student accomplishments and creating a cooperative home learning environment.  Students are further motivated to excel in life and a career with the support, interest and encouragement of their families.  JOY promotes family engagement and outreach in college preparedness. 

The goal is to get students not only ready, but equipped with the skills, understanding, values, and knowledge to meet the needs for college, career and life. These structured groups will provide a secure and safe outlet for them to express themselves as they reach the developing stages learning how to identify self.