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Team Walker’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the children of Jersey City through academic and recreation programs that empower the children’s minds, bodies and souls. Team Walker creates programs that provide safe and constructive alternatives to the negative influences that plague inner-city youth. Through a structured academic and recreational environment, the children learn the importance of education, responsibility, persistence, teamwork and unity. With access to positive role models, hard-won accomplishments in combination with a heightened awareness of their capabilities, the children have the opportunity to improve their quality of life significantly.
Team Walker was founded in 1996 with the personal savings of Jersey City natives, Jerry and Jasper Walker. Products of the tough streets of Jersey City themselves, the Walker brothers designed Team Walker around the youth programs they experienced while growing up. Jerry and Jasper credit these programs for “keeping them off the streets and out of trouble.” Team Walker continues the legacy of youth programs started by their grandfather, James “Pop” Curry. Mr. Curry’s youth programs provided a foundation of dedication, determination, and discipline which propelled Jerry’s success in professional basketball and Jasper’s on Wall Street. Team Walker passes this foundation onto today’s Jersey City youth.
“My high school coach, Bob Hurley, used to go around my neighborhood while I was at St. Anthony’s and you never wanted him to see you just hanging around. This helped keep me out of trouble and now I’m trying to do the same and keep these kids out of trouble.”
-Jerry Walker, Co- Founder of Team Walker
Our Work is Our Children
Team Walker offers youth academic and athletic programs as well as community outreach programs for families and seniors of Jersey City. These programs are offered through a structured academic and recreational environment that teaches Determination, Dedication, and Discipline, the “3-Ds” that Jerry credits to his success. Programs provide positive role models to encourage students to realize their capabilities, enjoy a sense of accomplishment, and provide an opportunity to increase their quality of life for years to come.
225 Children served daily during the school year
500 Children participating in summer programs
98% Of Team Walker students graduate high school
150 Team Walker students graduated College
5 Team Walker students attend Graduate School
1 Shared Vision for Team Walker
Location and Operating Hours 373 Communipaw Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07304 School Year Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Summer Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM