Get a $100 Gift Card for Referring a Student – Summer Session Enrolling Now

Young adults ages 16-25 in need of a high school diploma are invited to check out the New Jersey Youth Corps at Project Self-Sufficiency. The 16-week program, which starts on July 9, gives those who have not completed high school the opportunity to boost their literacy skills, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, obtain on-the-job work experience, and transition into a career, college, or the military.

Informational open houses about the program will be held on Tuesdays June 19 and 26 at 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays June 14 and 21 at 11:00 a.m. Project Self-Sufficiency is offering a $100 gift card to those who refer a student to the program. Referred individuals must enroll in the program, complete the two-week orientation, and be inducted into the program.

“This innovative program offers young adults who might not have been successful in a traditional high school setting the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, get on-the-job training, and receive essential support as they enter the next stage in their life,” explains Deborah Berry-Toon, executive director of Project Self-Sufficiency.

The program includes assessments, testing, employability skills training, life skills workshops, academic instruction, community service projects, field trips, and counseling services. Program participants will prepare for the high school equivalency examination and receive a stipend of $100 per week of full attendance. Childcare is provided at the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center. Free transportation may also be provided.

While the program is intended for residents of Sussex and Warren counties, Jefferson residents interested in participating are encouraged to call Project Self-Sufficiency to discuss their situation (973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500).

The New Jersey Youth Corps is funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. For more information about programs and services offered by Project Self-Sufficiency, visit and the New Jersey Youth Corps Facebook page at

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