Donations Education News & Updates Newsletter Special Projects Summer Youth

College Freshman Care Packages

The Smith Family Foundation of New Jersey believes that Higher Education is the normal next step for students after high school! 
This means that students are working during their high school career with the goal in mind to attend a two or four year college, trade school, or to become career ready upon their graduation. Along with our corporate sponsors, Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C., Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and Johnson and Johnson, on August 6, 2020 we will celebrated our 4th Annual College Freshmen Care Package Give Away to show our support and dedication to young people moving on to institutions of higher 
education. The give away was a huge success. Last school year we were able to serve over 300 students, this year (2020-2021) we will provided 500 care packages to low-income, first-generation college students. The College Care Package Give Away is our way of supporting local youth and letting them know how proud we are as they pursue their educational endeavors.

Pictures above show the students receiving their care packages and some of our partners. Students served were from Trenton Public Schools, Charter Schools and Community Organizations. We are also in partnership with The College of New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund.

Events News & Updates Newsletter Summer Youth

Day of Adornment

Girls Out Loud! hosted our 2nd Annual Day of Adornment on September 5, 2018. Day of Adornment celebrates the sisterhood of women who donate and dedicate their time and talent with school age girls. Girls Out Loud and its partners, provided school supplies, free nail care services, free hair styles and hair care services, and information that helped 50 young girls explore the careers of entrepreneurs and Cosmetologist.

Our sponsoring salons this year were

Timeless Hair Gallery
The Salon by InStyle
In His Image Hair Studio
Manely Luxe Signature Salon
Innovate Salon Academy
Stylist Jessica Jay
Pamper Me Pretty: Kids Spa Themed Parties

This year’s Day of Adornment was sponsored by The Smith Family Foundation NJ and Merrill Lynch.

Arts News & Updates Newsletter Summer Youth

Youth Turn Performing Arts Company


The summer of 2019 marks Youth Turn’s third successful seven week performance arts camper experience. The campers enjoyed learning about the arts in a variety of ways including audio/visual best practices, play writing, poetry, choreography and the many other aspects of a stage production. The campers of 2019 have experienced horse back riding, enjoyed a rendition of Aladdin, and even had a blast at Coco Keys indoor water resort. This transformative experience encourages creative expression, critical thinking, and the cultivation of meaningful bonds. Culminating with the Youth Turn campers displaying their talents for our community.

The Youth Turn Productions FREE  seven summer camp began on August 1, 2019 , following auditions held at The Smith Family Foundation of New Jersey. With a partnership with Grace Community Church where the campers rehearsed, learned of the arts, and production equipment.

The children of Youth Turn including summer employment staff from the likes of Mill Hill and Upward Bound have worked tirelessly to present to our community “A Million Dreams are Keeping me Awake,” Featuring songs from the “Greatest Showman.” This years performance will be unforgettable and will take place on  Saturday August 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm at 205 West State St. Trenton New Jersey 08618 at the New State Museum Auditorium.[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery el_id=”gallery-979406″ medias=”74632″ gutter_size=”3″ screen_lg=”1000″ screen_md=”600″ screen_sm=”480″ single_overlay_opacity=”50″ single_padding=”2″][vc_column_text text_lead=”yes”]Summer 2018 saw 25 Youth Turn Performing Artist engage in a Seven Week intensive program within the arts focusing on music, theatre, performance and stage production. In partnership with Passage Theatre, Youth Turn’s 2nd summer production was “Motown Meets Trenton”.

The students learned about the history of Motown and its rise during the Civil Rights Era and Black Power Movement. They learned the lessons of innovation, hard work, creative thinking, problem solving through the inspiration of Berry Gordy and his role in creating music that transcended racial lines and brought people of all colors, races, and creeds together and broke all barriers. During the seven-week program, the students engaged in piano and drum lessons, music theory, and community service. Students used the Motown theme to inspire their writing, singing and acting skills.

The culmination of their hard work was the production of a 2 Day SOLD OUT presentation at Paper Mill Play House of “Motown Meets Trenton” written by Josh Campbell and the Artist of Youth Turn, under the Musical Direction of William Robinson Jr, and inspired by Rene B. Idowu, founder of Youth Turn.