2017 Youth Night Report
RMW Foundation Inc.'s Youth Night Program began on Thursdays in May of 2017. Pastor Semaj and Minister Webb developed the concept as a way to engage the youth in the church and in the community. The Youth Night Program provides a safe place, a nutritious meals, and a fun, engaging, and enriching environment for the children in Asbury Park and the surrounding areas.
To help support the work done through the Youth Night Program, BBB For Life Foundation awarded a program grant to supply the meals during the program. Their generous support allows us to ensure that all children who come through our doors are able to have food in their belly. Additionally, Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park (SBCAP) and its members have been tremendously supportive and have sponsored additional outings for the children. The partnership between RMW Foundation, Inc. and SBCAP is a new and innovative way to minister to some of the most vulnerable among us.
As we continue to look for ways to innovate and expand our reach, RMW Foundation and SBCAP will continue to work to integrate the students who attend the Youth Night Program into other enrichment programs like the Fine Arts and Technology Summer Camp sponsored by SBCAP, the Essential Journey to Ghana, Africa, and other exposure programs designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity and self-determination in students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
As we look forward to 2018 and beyond, RMW Foundation and SBCAP continue to look for community partners, collaborative endeavors, and innovative ways to engage youth and young people in Asbury Park and beyond.
Proverbs 22:6 implores us to "train up a child in the way he/she should go..." We believe that this does not only refer to biblical teachings, but also to personal development, self-esteem, and ultimately, self actualization.