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Kids deserve compassion

We equip youth for today and empower them for life.

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The Salvation Army ensures kids are equipped with the tools they need to succeed, which starts by meeting their basic needs.

But, providing a safe place to play and a warm bed to sleep in for youth is just the start. We take a holistic approach by providing programs with life-long impact such as character-building programs, summer camp opportunities, sports activities, music education, The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Centers, after-school tutoring, mentorship and more. At the core of all that we do for youth, fighting for them is synonymous with sharing God's love and grace.

Finding what speaks to youth.

One way that we empower youth is through music education, working in every community to bring the power of music to thousands of children. Music is more than a tune, it's structure and healing. Youth can learn to play instruments, sing, perform on stage, and even write music at our worship and service centers, plus many locations offer special music-themed youth camps each summer.

What Empowering Youth Looks Like:

Summer Camps

A fun-filled program allows campers to participate in group activities that encourage individual physical, emotional and spiritual growth.  The programs at Camp Tecumseh help campers from varying backgrounds grow to responsible maturity through application of Christian principles.

Dance, Art and Music

We work to provide music and arts programs that many schools can no longer afford. From choirs to instrument training, poetry to painting, drama to dance, after-school lessons and activities help introduce children to the beauties of the fine arts.

After-School Programs

At The Salvation Army, we provide one-on-one teaching assistance to help kids of all ages with school work, study guidance and literacy advancement. We open our doors to anyone in need and never discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic level.

League Sports

Through a variety of no-fee and low cost after-school programs, we provide safe ways for kids to to make friends and participate in activities they couldn't otherwise afford.

The Army's Newark Ironbound Boys & Girls Club & Senior Center conducts a soccer league involving more than 1000 young people.

Childcare Programs at The Salvation Army New Jersey Division:


Infant/Toddler childcare programs are offered by The Salvation Army's Morristown and Jersey City Corps. Please contact the facilities listed below directly for more information.


Pre-School childcare programs serving children aged 3-5 years are offered by The Salvation Army's Morristown and Jersey City Corps. Please contact the facilities listed below directly for more information.


School-Age programs serving children aged 6 -12 years are offered by The Salvation Army's New Brunswick, Newark Westside and Dover Corps. Please contact the facilities below directly for more information.

Mission: Literacy

Mission: Literacy is a multi-cultural, scripture-based literacy curriculum that has been developed by the American Bible Society in conjunction with the Bank Street College of Education. The program has been designed to equip children and adults with necessary literacy tools as well as character-building scriptures for daily living. 

Its target audience is individuals struggling at a first through third grade reading level. It is implemented in the economically and academically at-risk communities in which The Salvation Army serves.

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Hungry kids can't focus on learning.

Kids who suffer from chronic hunger perform at much lower rates than their non-hungry peers. Regular nutritious meals are important for academic and social success.

When you give a $50 donation to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for meals and after-school programs that help them succeed in life.Donate now.


Music gives at-risk youth a voice.

Low income and at-risk youth are often swept up in the social and economic struggles they are raised in. Music gives these kids an escape and a voice.

When you give a $50 donation to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for music programs that help support kids feel that there is more in life to aspire to and be heard.Donate now.


Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

31% of young adults without a high school diploma currently live in poverty. When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support kids’ educational needs and vital character building skills.

A donation to The Salvation Army helps provides music lessons in communities across the Northeast. Donate now.


Youth Programs in New Jersey

We are right next door. Find a Salvation Army unit near you.

Atlantic City Corps
22 S. Texas Avenue, ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey 08401
Dover Corps
76 N. Bergen Street, DOVER, New Jersey 07802-0895
Jersey City Corps
562 Bergen Avenue, JERSEY CITY, New Jersey 07304-4237
Morristown Corps
95 Spring Street, MORRISTOWN, New Jersey 07960-3692
Newark Ironbound Corps
138 Clifford Street, NEWARK, New Jersey 07105
Newark West Side Corps
699 Springfield Avenue, NEWARK, New Jersey 07103
Orange Corps
430 Main Street, EAST ORANGE, New Jersey 07018

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