Boylan Street Recreation Center
916 South Orange Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07106
Organize Change, Inc. is committed to ensuring that all adolescents from economically and socially vulnerable communities have healthy transitions to adulthood.
Organize Change, Inc. provides resources and services to adolescents from economically and socially vulnerable communities that support their healthy transition towards independence.
What We Do?
Family based interventions
Transitional living services
Cognitive behavioral services
Structured social learning
Civic Project on community involvement
Organize Change, Inc. was founded on the simple principle of providing opportunity. In New Jersey, despite African American children only making up 14% of the total population, they account for 54% of children living below the poverty line as defined by federal income guidelines. African American children in New Jersey are further disproportionately represented among those living in high poverty areas, fairing poorer in school, having limited access to quality medical care, and entering the child protective and juvenile justice systems at higher rates. The picture is even bleaker when African American adolescents in New Jersey are considered. African American youth enter New Jersey's child protective service system at a rate of 38% and remain in care at much longer rates. Despite the massive overhaul within New Jersey's Juvenile Justice Commission, African American youth arrests, court referrals, and detention have increased in 2013-2014 in spite of opposite trends for White youth during the same period of time. Organize Change, Inc. believes that given the same opportunities and resources to succeed, these numbers can change for African American youth in New Jersey.
Organize Change, Inc. is based on the unique principle of combining personal responsibility with systems change. The change necessary to improve outcomes for minority youth in New Jersey is strategic. It takes personal responsibility and community involvement. Organize Change, Inc. works to bridge those aspects and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for minority youth and their families by organizing and structuring personal and systems changes.
Organize Change, Inc. is a direct response to 2 decades of research and field work on how African American adolescents and their families are impacted by the political, social, and economic structures of their communities. Organize Change, Inc. work is targeted primarily to African American adolescents ages 13-21 who are currently homeless, runaway, involved with the juvenile justice or child welfare systems in Essex County, New Jersey; or vulnerable to such circumstances. These youth, traditionally classified as "at-risk" are reared in communities with increased risk factors for delinquency with limited protective factors to encourage their healthy transition to adulthood. Organize Change, Inc. involves combining all community stakeholder strengths to organize efforts to improve the lives of youth, and ultimately improving the quality of life in communities. .