After School Tutorials

As part of Team Walker's emphasis on education, children from Jersey City can take advantage of after-school tutoring and study hall sessions. Demonstrating that children can blend academics with recreation and improved life skills, Team Walker tutors work to assist children in academic disciplines and supplement their classroom instruction.

The Team Walker After School Program

At The Team Walker After School Program, focus is placed on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming. Activities and lesson plans are designed that promote critical and creative thinking skills as well as provide students access to the fields of education that are shaping our society. One exciting aspect of this program is a STEM live Video Link with NASA every week during the school year at our learning center.

Our goal is to create positive members of society. Aside from strict academics, we give attention to the entire student. We encourage cross-cultural awareness, promote self-esteem, and endorse respect of one's self and others. To be effective in this task we believe family member involvement is critical and provide monthly family member workshops to facilitate participation. We also provide opportunities for student participants to explore and learn through exciting programming and field trips. Past trips have included: Dorney Park, the NJ Nets, Solomon Smith-Barney trading floor, PSE&G Power plant, Columbia University, The Newark Museum, The Malcom Pray Achievement Center, America's Grow-A-Row, Liberty Science Center and The Museum of Natural History.

The Team Walker After School Program operates during the academic school year and is open to both boys and girls, grades 4 -10. Additionally, plans have been put in place to provide assistance to younger children. We currently accept students from the following schools: PS22, PS3, PS15, PS17, MS4, Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School, Jersey City Community Charter School and Lincoln High School.

After School Recreation

Each afternoon, Mon to Fri, Team Walker supervises open gym activities at PS 22 School in Jersey City. Additionally, from 3-7 pm, grade school children are able to play pick-up basketball and enjoy the opportunity to burn some energy after a busy day in the classroom.

One of the most visible groups in Jersey City, The Team Walker Steppers provide young girls with the opportunity to develop dance and step skills while learning the value of discipline and teamwork. The steppers practice and perform year-round, and can be seen at parades, children's parties and the annual Team Walker Holiday Party. Academic criteria must be met to participate in the squad, with uniforms provided to each of the girls

One of our newest programs is a drama class for interested young boys and girls, tapping into the creative side of our children.

We also recently created a girls basketball team for the young ladies.

One program that combines both education and recreation is the free farmers market offered to the Team Walker community on Saturday mornings. In partnership with America's Grow-A-Row, our children have the experience of visiting a working farm where they can pick vegetables and learn about farming. The product from this farm is then offered at our farmers market.

Summer Camp

Team Walker offers two summer camp experiences. One allows children to have summer fun in a safe, friendly environment. The second is our STEM summer camp offered at the Team Walker Learning Center. This camp provides an opportunity for children to continue the learning experience during the summer months.

Beginning in the month of July, children take to the outdoor courts of Dr. Lena Edwards Park for neighborhood basketball competition. Grammar school, junior varsity and senior varsity leagues compete to make the playoffs, with trophies going to the winners.

Team Walker
373 Communipaw Ave
Jersey City, New Jersey 07304
Tel. 201-433-1888 Fax. 201-433-4334
Email :

Jerry Walker - President and CEO

Zoraida Veras - Director of Operations

Support Staff:
Positive Impact Partners
James Lampariello
Ed Schwartz
Justin Jackson

Team Walker Advisory Board

P.J. Carlesimo   Robin L. Cunningham   Cornelius Durkin
Paul T. Gregory   Arturas Karnisovas   Stephen Kuchen
Bob Ley   Christopher F. Lutz   Charles Mayer
Jim O'Brien   Joseph Pardi   Robert Sloan

Team Walker 2016 Board of Trustees

Chairman Leo J. Zatta
    John T. Baier
New York Life Insurance Company
Dean Cole
    Patrick Dunne
Bryan Felt
Seton Hall University
    Robert Fetterly
Reliance Graphics
Carl Gargiulo
Strulowitz & Gargiulo Physical Therapy
    F. Michael Giles
Judge, Superior Court of NJ (retired)
Joseph Hughes
Country Club Services, Inc.
    Dianne Jacobs
Jacobs Consulting, LLC
Jared J. Limbach
Donnelly, Minter & Kelly, LLC
    Craig McGraw
Trans American Trucking
Elnardo J. Webster II
Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala, & Taylor
Trustee Emeritus
Phillip J. McGee

• Team Walker Holiday Party 2016
• Stars Shine, Records Shattered

Team Walker Holiday Party 2016

Over 200 youngsters took part in the annual Team Walker Holiday Party at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City on December 23rd. It was called the “best Team Walker party ever” as the young people had pizza, juice, fruit and cupcake to start the event and then spent a couple of hours touring the Science Center with special programming. The event ended with a trio of carolers, a goody bag of candy to take home plus a gift and a Team Walker hoody.

It is always fun to see Team Walker founder Jerry Walker leading the group with Christmas carols and the Team Walker dancers' performance a special holiday dance. Special thanks to the Team Walker Board and the sponsors who supported the event.

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• Team Walker Holiday Party 2016
• Stars Shine, Records Shattered

Stars Shine, Records Shattered
15th Annual Evening of Dreams 10/6/16

The evening's dream team included Bob Ley, ESPN broadcaster, who once again returned as master of ceremonies. "We are here tonight to support Jerry Walker, who truly embodies the concept of servant- leadership," said Ley. "Although we are grateful for your support, it's the kids who are the dream." And the stars. This year's Team Walker Student-Star was 11-year- old Gevonda Hagooda, a 6 th grader at Jersey City Middle School #4 whose favorite subject is math. She wants to work with money and possibly own a bank someday. That's after majoring in business and playing basketball for her dream school, UConn. "Team Walker has taught me 'dedication, determination and discipline.' Team Walker has given us hope. And that's what we need in today's world. Thank you Team Walker for providing a place where kids like me feel at home."

In addition to a record number of attendees - 275 - a bold fundraising initiative was introduced by the event's Hero Award Recipient, Phil McGovern, Jr., partner of the law firm Connell Foley and chairman of the board of St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City.

" 'Take one for the team' and pledge $1500/year which is the cost to sponsor one Team Walker student for a year," challenged McGovern.

"Most people think Team Walker is about athletics," said Jerry Walker. "But we are really about academics. We focus on education because that's what gets you out of the poverty cycle. My philosophy is to dream big and live by the 3-D's—dedication, determination and discipline. With those 3-D's you can achieve your dreams."

Other award recipients included Thomas Coughlin, CEO and President of BCB Community Bank as the Pop Curry Award winner. Deeply rooted in the culture and people of local communities, BCB Bank provided $15,000 for the opening day of Team Walker's summer program. Coughlin spoke of the faces of Team Walker kids that light up with the chance of a future. "We should be reaching into our pockets to capture these kids so they don't get lost in the system."

Kevin Willard, Seton Hall University's men's basketball coach who guided the Pirates to the 2016 Big East Tournament crown, received the service award. "Team Walker is an amazing, amazing foundation," said Willard. "Kids are our future and time is your most valuable asset. If you can give your time, become a mentor to these kids. Most people have no idea what they are trying to overcome."

Rounding out the evening's honorees was Star Teacher Oluwakemi Oladosu, who said, "Jerry Walker, you changed my life. Team Walker gave me the opportunity to serve children first as an intern and now as a teacher."

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