New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources


Project Director:  Mr. Todd Vanderpool
490 Midland Avenue
Garfield, NJ 07026
Phone: (201)448-5753
Fax: (973) 478-7411
Email: tvanderpool@bgcgarfield.org

County:  Bergen

Servicing School District:

CLC Sites: Garfield Middle School

Partners: Garfield Health Department, Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, Ramapo College of NJ – Meadowlands Environmental Center, Vacamas Programs for Youth, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce

Serving Grade Level: 6-8

No. of Students to be served: 216

No. of Adults to be Served: 64

Times of Services:  Afterschool: 3-6 PM

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Garfield's 21 CCLC program was developed to meet the needs of young people attending Garfield Middle School.  Garfield Middle School, which has Title I status, is the only public school serving students in grades 6, 7, and 8 in the City of Garfield, a struggling community that has been identified as one of 31 educational and economic "special needs" districts in the state; it was formerly classified as an "Abbott District." 60% of children in the Garfield public schools are eligible to receive free or reduced price lunch. Median household income is $51,407, compared to the state average of $69,811.  13% of the population lives below the poverty line.  Foreign born persons comprise 39.7% of the population, nearly double the state rate of 20.3%. Only 17.8% of residents hold B.A. degrees, nearly half the state rate of 17.8%. Crime rates are among the highest in Bergen County, while young people also face an epidemic of childhood obesity.

Our 21 CCLC program was developed to help middle school students overcome obstacles in their community and develop to their full potential. We have created a program that provides academic, social, emotional and physical enrichment, while also encouraging career awareness and exploration. We provide an array of activities designed to attract a variety of students, including academic remediation, academic enrichment, cultural and artistic programs, positive youth development activities, health, nutrition, fitness and physical activities and parental involvement. Many of these activities are offered in conjunction with our partners, including the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, which provides career exploration to our young people; Ramapo College of New Jersey which provides math and science programming including Eco-Engineers, Astro-Engineers, CSI and Meadowlands Survival; and Vacamas Programs for youth, which offers environmental education and character development.

We believe that this array of supports will lead to a variety of positive outcomes for students in our program.  Our goal is to boost academic performance, improve school day behavior, allow students to engage in new and enriching activities, help students develop ties to their communities, and develop career awareness.  Once these objectives are achieved, students will be placed firmly on path towards personal achievement and success.