Our Impact

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OUR IMPACT

Since its inception, FP YouthOutCry and The H.U.B.B. Community Empowerment Center has successfully helped hundreds of enrolled participants that have completed our curricula. Program successors are currently displaying improved behavior, academic performance and better overall decision making by 65 percent; our success is notable. We are successful in bridging the disparity between allowing our youth to continue to live unhealthy and unproductive lives as opposed to making a better choice to become productive citizens.

Our programs and workshops displays powerful and impactful results by:

  • Reducing violence
  • Students who said they had used physical force dropped 33 percent after six months of exposure to our programs
  • Reducing other criminal acts
  • gang activity dropped 56 percent
  • cutting class or school dropped 46 percent
  • drinking alcoholic beverages dropped 31 percent
  • use of illegal drugs dropped 32 percent
  • Enhancing the social climate
  • teased someone because of race or ethnicity dropped 45 percent
  • received a detention or suspension dropped 28 percent
  • Increasing music appreciation and education
  • developing a music career instead of a street career increased 70 percent
  • Increasing educational interest and completion
  • high school and middle-grades graduation rates by 10 percent
  • Extending continued support to children and families by
  • addressing basic food and shelter needs
  • providing employment opportunity to work within the entertainment industry such as music, film and press
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Since its inception, FP YouthOutCry and The H.U.B.B. Community Empowerment Center has successfully helped hundreds of enrolled participants that have completed our curricula. Program successors are currently displaying improved behavior, academic performance and better overall decision making by 65 percent; our success is notable. We are successful in bridging the disparity between allowing our youth to continue to live unhealthy and unproductive lives as opposed to making a better choice to become productive citizens.

Our programs and workshops displays powerful and impactful results by:

Reducing violence

  • Students who said they had used physical force dropped 33 percent after six months of exposure to our programs

Reducing other criminal acts

  • gang activity dropped 56 percent
  • cutting class or school dropped 46 percent
  • drinking alcoholic beverages dropped 31 percent
  • use of illegal drugs dropped 32 percent

Enhancing the social climate

  • teased someone because of race or ethnicity dropped 45 percent
  • received a detention or suspension dropped 28 percent

Increasing music appreciation and education

  • developing a music career instead of a street career increased 70 percent

Increasing educational interest and completion

  • high school and middle-grades graduation rates by 10 percent

Extending continued support to children and families by

    • addressing basic food and shelter needs
  • providing employment opportunity to work within the entertainment industry such as music, film and press

Newark Housing Authority

Partnership for children of Essex

PACTS (Partnership in ACTS)

United Way of West Essex and Hudson

Frito-Lay

Coca-Cola

Whole Foods

Subway

Stop Shootin’

Undeniable TV

Weequahic Sports Authority

Grassroots Emergency Overnight Warming Station

 

An all-volunteer, grassroots initiative to provide emergency OVERNIGHT shelter for the homeless in Newark, NJ, during extreme weather or natural disasters

In our 2nd year of providing emergency overnight warming stations for our Neighbors Without Addresses, the need for your donations and volunteerism is crucial.  Last year sparked “CODE BLUE” to be enforced in Essex County in these winter months.
We are now located at The HUBB-135 Prince Street in the Centralward of Newark.
With all of last year’s cooperation and success, we still have great needs to make the Warming Station all that it is destined to be.
VOLUNTEERS: People (including MEN) are neded to man the stations for 3 hour shifts.
FUNDS:  We are in continuous need for funds as the warming supplies, incidentals and transportation needs are increasing as our population being served grows. Donations may be made through this site. You may also contact us for other payment options (cash, Paypal, or major debit & credit cards).
DONATIONS: We are also accepting donations of any items that will help our brohers and sisters stay warm. Hot foods and beverages, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, hand-heat packets, paper goods, blankets, sheets, etc.. Donations may be dropped at the Center Mon. – Fri. from 11am to 5pm. If you are unable to get to the center, please contact one of the persons named on the flyer to make arrangements.
FACILITITES: Although this site will host a significant dent, it will in no way accomodate all of Newark’s homeless population. Ultimately, we would love to see a site in every ward. Please let us know if your church, organization or other facility would be willing to open their doors to the homeless! We wll gladly do our best to support your site and assist with securing the materials needed to get it up and running.

“In as much as you have done it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40
“Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Matthew 22:39

Easter-Egg Hunt  The community’s spiritual holiday celebration where gathered families to offer a day of positivity on Easter Sunday by hosting an Easter-egg hunt with plenty of games, activities and music. Our seniors participate and enjoy themselves watching younger generation have fun.

Back2School (Youth Grooming)  Back-to-school block party where licensed professionals offers free haircuts and hairstyles for the young ladies and young men. We have partnered with other community businesses to provide book bags and school supplies. More importantly, we have a MTOL (My Thoughts Out Loud) forum on school preparations, gang awareness, bullying and topics relevant to a higher educational success rate.

FP Block Party  A community favorite since 2009, dance groups and local artists come out to perform for FP YouthOutCry; attracting over 300 people to the festivities. Our MTOL’s and music videos from artists attending our Rhymes4Reasons music program are also featured. Biker groups and different community organizations participate to make the day full of fun and laughter. This event has now become a tradition for Newark’s Badger Avenue residents.

HalloKings / Queens Party (Halloween)  FP has provided a safe place to enjoy spirit of Halloween for the youth in the community. Partnered with local talent to perform and interact with the families, participants play family-structured games and enjoy healthy treats. We continue to create innovative ideas to involve youth and families in sharing the joy and laughter of special moments.

Lake Hopatcong Picnic  An adventurous opportunity to experience an old-fashioned cook-out, enjoy outdoor swimming, games but most importantly to embrace nature. Youth are accompanied by parent(s) and/or a guardian. The annual day-long community picnic takes place typically at Lake Hopatcong State Park where we gather 150 youth from Newark and 150 youth from Paterson, New Jersey.

Men Who Cook – Experience and enjoy the culinary tastings from men who are exemplary leaders and stellar contributors throughout the community. One of our most anticipated events, this fundraiser is a cuisine showcase where self-proclaimed and master chefs prepare and serve the “backbone” of our community – our women!

Thanksgiving “Break Bread” with you Ceremony  An event where over 200 plus community citizens gather for Thanksgiving dinner; primary emphasis is to feed the homeless. The festivities fosters volunteerism and a commitment of “being the change we want to see” for all. FP plans this event to encourage a sense of normalcy, encouraging the use of our hearts and togetherness in the city; and to also provide a day of thanksgiving for everyone in our community. This event indirectly helps to provide viable resources to the less fortunate.

Christmas Holiday Give Back  Holiday celebration for youth and families to have a fun-filled time as we share generous donations of toys, food and entertainment while providing a healthy environment for all to participate. In-kind gifts of toys and clothing are donated for all ages. This is the time of year where parental engagement is strongly encouraged.

Grief counseling in the form of our “Day of Healing” Event and online Tributes/Testimonies– Designed to spread love and give closure to those in need of comfort and healing as a result of violence and death happening in our communities. The loss of a loved-one affects everyone, yet not everyone has an outlet for their grief, so in keeping with our mission, we all come together as one. Individuals and families sign the “Hearts of Love” pledge, give testimonies, and offer Hugs4Healing. The day commences with a beautiful balloon release. FP responds to the outcry of the youth and families who have suffered loss.

This one-day event of healing is set aside to remember and promote awareness of violent crimes which leaves both victims and their family heartbroken and city residents in torment. With our help men and women of color and religious beliefs are gathered together in sovereign unity giving support to one another when tragic misfortunes have bonded families stronger than ever before and offer a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen too.

The Community Closet and Food Pantry is a part of our Empowerment servicing however, it is in a designated 3000 Sq Ft area for emergency clothing, care packages, non-perishable items and personal hygiene items that will be given to program participants and community members. Families will be asked to complete a confidential form to provide information to help the Community Closet/Food Pantry staff track its resources.

The Community Closet will assist youth, families in need and the homeless population by:

  • Providing emergency food and clothing to residents and families in crisis situations.
  • Providing healthy food packages to the community and families once a month.
  • Assisting families and residents with community baby showers, etc.

This idea has garnered interest from a few major stakeholders within the city; whereas they want to play a pivotal role in building the Community Closet. We have decided to partner with YouthBuild and here is why:

  • In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work full-time for six to 24 months toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in their communities. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service, and the creation of a positive mini-community of adults and youth committed to each other’s success. Students may earn AmeriCorps education awards through their homebuilding and other community service. At exit, they are placed in college, jobs, or both.
  • Today, there are over 250 YouthBuild programs in 45 states, Washington, DC, and the Virgin Islands engaging approximately 10,000 young adults per year.

This partnership allows for youth to build a mini-center that will have sentimental value to them and their community while at the same time vesting in FP and The HUBB.

As anyone enters The HUBB, they have to pass through a hallway with beautiful painted handprints of youth, organizations, businesses and stakeholders which symbolize their commitment to Help Us Become Better as a whole. Can you locate your hand? If not, why not?