For years, the Center has offered a variety of summer camp programs for local youth but during the past summer gained attention for its expanded teen program. Fifteen teens successfully completed our Pathways to Success program which sported the tag line “Smart is the New Swag.”
One of the most popular program components was the annual Farm Stand. Our youth sold fresh fruits and vegetables to the community at two convenient locations. This activity taught the teens how to start a business, accounting, operations, marketing and public relations. The Farm Stand kicked off at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, at City Hall Plaza, with Mayor J. Christian Bollwage and Councilman At Large Manny Grova.
“Eport Center’s Pathways to Success Farm Stand is an excellent program that promotes nutrition and healthy eating to communities through Elizabeth, while giving teens’ valuable hands-on experience that will improve their personal development and feed their entrepreneurial spirit”, said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I would like to thank the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center for their commitment to implementing this program and providing this service to the community.”
In addition to the Farm Stand, the program had such features as a book club, weekly motivational speakers and academically-rich field trips. Some of our outings included Princeton University tour, The Museum of American Finance and Comcast TV studios.
“Pathways to Success was run like a gifted and talented program meaning that we looked to provide engaging activities and experiences that stimulated the teens’ minds and build character. We want these young people to go forth and flourish, to ultimately become elite leaders in business and community,” stated Karla Spivey Bouie, the Center’s executive director.
Funding for this program was provided by the Central Presbyterian Church of Summit and the New Jersey Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee administered by the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission.