Founder and President of Created Families Inc. granted eight youth the opportunity to travel to New York and its neighboring state New Jersey. While in the north east, youth were able to experience and visit landmarks such as the World Trade Center Plaza and the Statue of Liberty. They also had lots of fun exploring and learning about legendary athletes, political figures, and artists at the historic Madam Tussauds wax museum.
The city of Hoboken (NJ), hometown of CF founder, welcomed CF youth and staff with open arms. Volunteers from the city helped organize an activity filled BBQ. Youth were able to see first hand how although all of the men and women in the Hoboken community were not biologically related, they treated one another like family. Youth participated in mock interviews with host and journalist Corvaya Jeffries. They also met and interacted with three recording artists who shared their experiences with family, abuse, and overcoming adversity.
Artists: Levon "WOP" Lyons, Justice Laquan, Nitty Scott MC
Additionally, our youth and staff thoroughly enjoyed Amateur Night at the Apollo where contestants (adults and children) performed from all over the US. Amateur night was one of the first stages legends such as Michael Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald performed on. Youth were inspired, entertained, and excited to meet some of the rising stars that performed.
Youth were extremely excited to pass/visit the bakery of TLC’s hit series “Cake Boss.” Some opted to try some of the shops treats! Everyone also enjoyed having dinner at Biggies, Hoboken’s historical seafood restaurant and President of CF Maritza’s childhood favorite.
Overall, the trip was an impactful success. We are grateful to everyone who played a part in making this experience possible for our youth. For a full album of our trip to NYC, check out our Facebook page by clicking the photo below!