ELIZABETH, NJ— July 25, 2013 — Earlier this morning, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage joined Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova Jr., Elizabethport Presbyterian Center Executive Director Karla Spivey Bouie, Pathways to Success Program Coordinator Shakira Johnson as well as Elizabeth residents, at the Grand Opening of the Eport Youth Zone Farm Stand.
“This program was designed to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to communities throughout Elizabeth, while teaching kids marketing, personal development and business skills,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I would like to thank the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center for being so involved with today’s youth, not only with this event but with all of their summer programs.”
Developed by the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center, the program introduces and teaches entrepreneurial skills, accounting, marketing, public relations as well as customer service to young people 12-17 years old. The teenagers work both together and individually to effectively run and operate the farm stand business. Discussions related to business basics, branding and sales are also held as an objective.
During this time, the Eport Youth Zone hopes to service over 150 people at the four farm stand events. The grand opening featured face painting by the local teenagers and music by DJ Jerroll B.
“Having this farm stand managed by our local youth will have a tremendous impact on our community,” said Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova Jr. “Not only will Elizabeth teenagers learn what it takes to sell and market produce, but they will also gain knowledge of urban farming. This is a great opportunity for all involved.”
According to the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center, the Farm Stand is the “cooperative education component of their new ‘Pathways to Success’ teen summer program, which promotes literacy, entrepreneurship, culture, and self sufficiency.” The slogan of the Eport Youth Zone is “Smart is the new Swag.”
This free program is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Commission and Central Presbyterian Church of Summit, New Jersey. The Farm Stand will operate from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from July 25th through August 15th at two locations in Elizabeth: City Hall, 50 Winfield Scott Plaza and Jackson Park, 136 Second Street.
To learn more about programs and opportunities offered through the Eport Youth Zone, please contact Karla Spivey Bouie, Executive Director at 908-351-4850 extension 2.