Newark YMCA Provides Alternatives For Adjudicated Youth with ERC Program

Nov 22, 2019

Michael Bright President and CEO of the Newark YMCA, Program Coordinator Shannell Toomer, and 19 year old program graduate Isaiah Rosario at WBGO studios.
Credit Alexandra Hill / News

The Newark YMCA is working to give adjudicated youth in Hudson County an alternative to prison. It's called the succeed program's evening reporting center, where kids ages 13 to 17 receive peer to peer mentoring services as well as case management, and life skills workshops, between the hours of 3-9pm Monday through Saturday. WBGO's Alexandra Hill recently sat down with Michael Bright President and CEO of the Newark YMCA, the programs coordinator Shannell Toomer, and 19 year old program graduate Isaiah Rosario... to talk about how the program is changing the trajectory of the lives of so many at risk youth.