The Leaguers is the oldest incorporated nonprofit in the State of New Jersey, that provides services for more than one thousand 3 to 5 year old children and their families in Newark, Irvington, Union Township, Roselle and Elizabeth.
Founded in 1943 by Ms. Mary Burch, incorporating in 1948 to become the oldest incorporated African American social service agency in the state. Ms. Burch organized a group of youth in her neighborhood as the Junior Leaguers. These young men and women were introduced to enrichment and recreational programs that prepared them for college and productive community residents. There have been heralded alumni in the business community, performing arts. Public services and academia through our doors in their youth. Artist, Dionne Warwick, the late Congress Donald Payne and former U.S. Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary are but a few.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and families through diverse educational and cultural programs that foster self-growth, personal development and pride in one’s community. We strongly believe in “Opportunity through Education.”
Continuing to be sensitive and responsive to community needs we are proud partners with Unified Vailsburg Services Organization, The Urban League, and New Community. In addition to providing Early Head Start/Head Start services to more than thousands of children in Essex and Union counties, The Leaguers has provided a range of services, inclusive of, but not limited to educational, health/mental health, nutrition, parenting skill classes, housing referrals, leadership classes, ESL programming, job preparation/placement services to community families.