Program Overview

The Saturday Jump Start program provides free professional development, enrichment, certification, and college preparation workshops for Jersey City youth.

The workshops take place on Saturdays during the summer weeks and include, but aren’t limited to, the following courses:

  • Coding
  • Outward Bound Trips
  • College Tours
  • Acting and Art
  • First Aid & CPR

“As we continue to further our partnerships with local businesses and institutions, we are able to reach our goal to help Jersey City youth jump-start their careers and plan for a higher education.”

-Mayor Steven M. Fulop

Program Elements

The program will increase the career and academic potential of students through:

  • Professional Enrichment: Jersey City youth are given the tools to enhance their knowledge, skills, and competencies by attending weekly workshops. Students have the opportunity to learn to write code with technology professionals from NPower and also advance their public speaking skills with Art House Productions.
  • Certification: Students can earn certifications on a variety of topics, including Financial Literacy, First Aid, CPR and AED training.
  • College Tours: Throughout the summer, students will tour a variety of universities to learn about the admissions process, academics, and the student experience on campus. This year, tours included: The College of New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Saint Peter’s University.


Saturday Jump Starts are open to all Jersey City youth between the ages of 15 – 21. The sessions are free and lunch is provided.

Meet new people, learn new skills and work towards your #goals. All events are free and offer community service hours which are issued by the Jersey City Public Schools.

Join us each Saturday and learn how to #jumpstart your career!