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  1. Summer Program Coordinator Position Available

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    Summer Program Coordinator


    Part-Time, Summer Job

    Position Overview

    The Summer Families to College Program Coordinator, provides planning, oversight, coordination, and assessment of Appel Farm’s Families to College summer programming. Families to College, a collaborative effort, cultivates family bonds and improves academic and employment success in Cumberland County through a comprehensive whole-family mentoring program. The Coordinator will work closely with Appel Farm staff and the staff of collaborating agencies including United Advocacy Group, Cumberland County College and the City of Bridgeton. The summer programming will allow families to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) career fields, while also learning, playing and growing together.

    The position entails a part-time 25-35 hours a week, starting approximately the first week of July through Aug. 17th. The start and end dates can be flexible. Highly successful performance will allow the person to be considered, if interested, in a full-time year-round position. The Families to College program is based primarily in Bridgeton, New Jersey at the Families to College Campus Center with some activities occurring at Appel Farm’s campus in Elmer, New Jersey. Applicants must be able to commute to both sites and possess a valid driver’s license and clear driving history.

    The Summer Program Coordinator should be an individual who enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds and interfaces comfortably with others. They must value the arts and the role it plays in the development of youth and families. They must be consumer-oriented, friendly, flexible and professional. They must be able to communicate clearly and effectively, be well organized, detail-oriented, as well as patient and good humored. They must be self-directed yet be able to work as part of a team.


    • Implement effective programming for the Families to College program, which is likely to include oversight of creative projects for teens and their families, activities at STEAMWorks, games, field trips to local sites like the Cohanzick Zoo or waterpark, and a variety of additional activities.
    • With the Director of Arts Education and Outreach, plan off-site programming for the summer. Much of the planning has occurred, but this position requires the final detail planning and execution.
    • Create an inclusive, kind and safe environment for all programming to occur.
    • Problem-solve any issues that may arise between students or families participating in the program using Appel Farm’s approach of collaborative problem solving. (Training provided)
    • Interface with teaching artists and clients for all outreach activities.
    • Assist teaching artists, guest speakers, etc. with any preparations or programming as needed.
    • Regularly monitor program to ensure program goals and objectives are being met.
    • Track spending in order to provide a final financial report.
    • Maintain accurate and detailed records for all programs, including participants’ and
    • partners’ data in the database.
    • Document programs (photos, videos, testimonials, etc.) if possible.
    • Assist with other program related activities.


    • 25-35-hour workweek; must be available on some weekends and evenings. Schedule will be clear upon hiring. Some flexibility may be necessary.
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license, with a clear driving record, and ideally feel comfortable to be trained driving a 15-passenger van to transport families.
    • Salary for the summer will be based on previous experience in a range of $15-$20 per hour.

    To Apply

    Applicants should e-mail cover letter and resume to Cori Solomon, Executive Director at Questions can be directed via e-mail or by phone to 865-358-2472 ext. 109.

  2. Job Opportunity at Appel Farm this summer

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    Click here to apply!

    This new educational partnership program is designed to help Families to College participants gain workplace experience and skills as employees in the Appel Farm Arts Camp Dining Hall. The general kitchen position will include a variety of work including, but not limited to, dining hall setup, food preparation, cooking, meal service and cleaning.

    The application process is open to all Families to College participants (including parents) who are
    16 years of age and older. The program includes transportation to and from the Campus Center in Bridgeton for all per-scheduled shifts. If participants choose to pick up extra shifts for additional hours, they are responsible for their own transportation (hours may not exceed 40 per week).

    Also included is one-hour of weekly career training (Mondays) that covers sections on creating resumes, navigating online job sites, leadership and communication training and more!

    APPLICATION DATES: June 1-8, 2018
    INTERVIEWS: June 11-13, 2018
    REQUIRED TRAINING: June 22 & 23 (6 hrs. per day, paid) WORK DATES: Monday-Friday, June 25-August 17 WORK HOURS: 9 AM to 3 PM, 30 hrs. weekly
    DAILY PICK-UP: 8:20 AM @ Campus Center
    DAILY DROP-OFF: 3:45 PM @ Campus Center

    Not all applicants are guaranteed a position, and selection will be based on application, interview, and references. The Appel Farm Arts Camp Head Chef will conduct all interviews and make all hiring decisions. Employee participants will be required to provide two legal proofs of ID (photo ID or Drivers’ License and Social Security Card), and complete tax paperwork to be paid. Paychecks are delivered every other Friday. Once selected as an employee, participants’ job performance will be evaluated by the Head Chef, and held to the same standards as all other employees. Termination of employment, and therefore participation in the program, can occur based on these evaluations.


    EARN UP TO $2,000!


  3. Pascale Sykes Foundation in the news!

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    We are so very lucky to be a grantee of the very generous and experienced Pascale Sykes Foundation!
    The Press of Atlantic City published a feature story and editorial on the Pascale Sykes Foundation and the positive impact its Whole Family Approach has had on low-income, working-class families throughout South Jersey.
    Below you will find links to the editorial and feature story.

    Experience shows Pascal Sykes Foundation better way to help families

    Pascale Sykes Foundation to discuss whole family approach successes on national panel

  4. Quarter 2 Career Exploration Workshop Signup

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    Families to College – Quarter 2 Career Exploration Workshops – April 16 to June 15

    These workshops are for the whole family and are meant to encourage exploration of different career paths!

    Sign up for a 9-week workshop by Friday, April 13!


    Design Workshop – Amy Dion

    You will get to work with various tools in visual arts and design. You will explore design styles, apply design principles and generate projects with your vision.

    Theater Workshop – Zoe Built

    You are the star of the show in this workshop where you will explore the world of theater through creative expression, character development, and making decisions. You will explore ways to express yourself physically and vocally through fun theater exercises.


    Programming Workshop – Noah Halstead

    You will be empowered by technology in this workshop where you will gain practical computing and programming experience that will prepare you for careers in technology and beyond.

    Natural Science Workshop – Rob Albert

    Using real world examples, you will learn to formulate questions that will enhance your exploration of the natural world. You will collect and use data to lead you on the path to finding some of the answers to your questions about the natural world.


    Community Health Workshop – Carolyn Smith

    You will look at how societal factors influence people’s health and wellbeing and will explore different ways of improving health and preventing disease. By exploring the relationship between health and the community you will learn how to be an advocate for good health in your community.

    Art and Society Workshop – Connor Kealey

    You will explore the multi-layered ways that art has created change and progress in our world. Gain an understanding of the place of art in reflecting, shaping and critiquing society.

    Sign up here!


  5. Spring Break 2018

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    Families engaged in the Families to College program are invited to take part in events throughout the time that Bridgeton Schools are on Spring Break. This is a chance for families to bond and learn new things about one another. There is something for everyone in this week so don’t miss out!

    Click HERE to register and RSVP for the following Spring Break events:


    Spend time bowling with your family the day after Easter! Pizza and wings, included. A shuttle will leave the Campus Center starting at 5:30 PM or you can meet the group there.



    Visit LaSalle University and Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts. Round trip transportation, lunch and afternoon snack provided. Tour both colleges, do an art activity and take in the sights and sounds of the city with your family!



    Come with your family to create something beautiful for your home! After, have dinner and make your own ice cream sundae before watch a FUN movie with your family!


    RSVP by registering on Eventbrite or returning a completed form by April 2. If you are attending without a parent or guardian please complete the Spring Break Permission Form.



    How much does it cost to attend the events on Monday and Thursday and the trip on Wednesday?

    All FTC Spring Break 2018 events and trips are free.

    If I arrive at the FTC Campus Center at 5:55 p.m. on Monday, will I be able to catch the shuttle?

    The shuttle will run until everyone who is registered and needs a ride is at the bowling alley.

    Do I need a permission slip if i am attending with a parent or guardian?

    No, but please still RSVP here.

    Can anyone in my family attend?

    Yes. Bring your aunt and uncle and grandparents, too. No pets though, sorry.

    Will the Campus Center be open for regular hours during Spring Break?

    No the Campus Center will be closed for regular hours from March 30 at 6 p.m. until April 9 at 2:30 p.m. (when Quarter 2 will begin)

    What should I bring and how should I prepare for the trip on Wednesday?

    • Eat breakfast.
    • Wear appropriate attire for visiting a college and for the weather conditions the day of the trip.
    • Entertainment for the bus ride.

    Other questions? Email Connor Kealey at or call 856-358-2472

    We hope that your whole family will join us. If parents cannot attend, and a child or children will be attending under the supervision of FTC Staff, please complete the form below for each child under the age of 17 who will be attending. 

    Download the form below HERE.

  6. March Newsletter

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    This is our first in a monthly series of newsletters from Families to College. Look for this each month so that you can stay up to date with the different activities, events and opportunities  at the Campus Center and beyond!

  7. Appel Farm Family Camp Night

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    Friday March 16, join us for fun activities for the whole family and s’mores! You’ll also learn about arts camp at Appel Farm. Ten full arts camp scholarships are being awarded to FTC students. Don’t miss this opportunity for fun with the family and a chance to apply for a full arts camp scholarship.

    Do you know that you and your family want to go to Family Camp Weekend? Register here.

    “My children were in their element as soon as they arrived. They were comfortable being themselves and actively participating in front of strangers without feelings of insecurity. To them, Appel Farm is another home away from home that allows them to feel safe & secure to be themselves.”

    – Ruby Jost, Family Camp Weekend, Fall 2017

    For more than 50 years, Appel Farm Arts Camp has transformed the lives of thousands of young people, helping children develop artistic talents, gain self-confidence, and make friendships that last a lifetime. Now we are offering our families a chance to experience the magic of Appel Farm summer…together. Together, focus on your relationships throughout a weekend packed with intentional opportunities for connection and communication. Collaborate with your whole family on art projects, engage in theatre and dance workshops, and make music together. Relax and enjoy your family’s company, roast marshmallows and sing songs around a campfire.

    Families to College is a Pascale Sykes Foundation grantee

  8. Local high school senior gives back through class project

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    Lauren Robitaille, a senior at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill is currently taking a Humanitarian Studies course taught by Jen Satterfield. The class was assigned to think of and become involved in a service learning project and she immediately thought of creating a book drive. She reached out to the Volunteer Center of South Jersey, where they directed her to Families to College.

    Lauren dropped off around 100 books from her book drive she created for her class service project.

    The books included college prep and non-fiction books for Bridgeton High Schoolers who attend Families to College. A big thank you to Volunteer Center of South Jersey for directing Lauren to us!

  9. Families to College at Rowan University

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    Have you heard about our visit to Rowan University? Bridgeton High School has off this Monday so spend your day off with us!

    The Rowan University Field Trip will leave this Monday February 19th at 9:00am from the Campus Center located at 40 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302, and return to the Campus Center at 5:00pm the same afternoon.

    Families will tour the campus of Rowan University; learn about Rowan’s academic programs; meet professors, admissions counselors, university students; and observe campus life.

    Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, NJ 08028

    Leaving: Mon. Feb. 19, 2018 at 9 a.m.

    Returning by: Mon. Feb. 19, 2018 at 5 p.m.

    Means of Transportation: Van and/or School Bus provided by FTC

    Lunch will be provided by the University.

    10:00 AMAdmissions Presentation
    10:45 AMCampus Tour
    12:00 PMLunch
    1:15 PMStudent Panel
    2:00 PMWorkshop- TBD
    3:00 PMCampus Scavenger Hunt

    If you plan to attend please fill out one side of the form in this post, take a photo of the side of the form that applies to you and email the photo/scan to and also return your signed copy to the Campus Center before the trip. Bus needs to leave at 9 a.m.

    We can’t wait to have a FUN day with you and your family!


  10. Families to College giving back for MLK Day

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    “Everyone has the power for greatness – not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Every summer, Appel Farm Arts & Music Center welcomes lots of creative young individuals, and strives to help them grow into their best selves. Campers should learn to value the concept of community and how to be a productive citizen, so it was only natural to invite alumni and friends to meet up with us at National Days of Service in the Philadelphia area and New York City. Appel Farm also provides programs for young people in local communities with Families to College, Pathways, and Arts Lab, so we wanted to be sure we stayed close to home as well.

    Empower Bridgeton & FTC - MLK Day

    In support of the M25/Code Blue Initiative, the EmpowerCorps Bridgeton members, along with a few of the students from Appel Farm’s Families to College* program, prepared food at Bethany Grace Church in Bridgeton. This project was special, as many of the program participants are passionate about the local homeless initiative. The volunteers provided something that many of those who frequent the warming station wouldn’t normally have the chance to indulge in; a hot, hearty breakfast of sausage gravy, biscuits, sausage links, scrambled eggs, toast, & orange juice. What a fantastic day of service it was for mentors and students to serve side-by-side.

    Families to College participants learned so much, had amazing experiences, and connected with the community … all while growing as individuals and as engaged citizens.

    *Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, United Advocacy Group, City of Bridgeton, and Cumberland County College are the four community partners in the Families to College initiative that cultivates family bonds and improves academic and employment success through a comprehensive whole-family mentoring program.


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