On Monday, the parents of 40 children enrolled in youth program SPOTLIGHT attended an orientation at The Spot JC on Wilkinson Avenue in Jersey City. Funded by an $80K grant from Hudson Partnership Care Management Organization (CMO), for 18 weeks Spotlight will provide 40 children from nine to 21 with instruction in and access to the arts, with a focus on theater as well as photography/videography, and art’s therapeutic properties.
For The Spot JC co-founders Ibn Sharif Shakoor and Terrence Williams, it’s the culmination of something they both wished they had a version of when they were young and growing up in the very same area. The Spot JC is located in the Greenville/Bergen Lafayette neighborhood.
“The youth program kicked off yesterday,” Williams said Tuesday. ‘We had an orientation for all the parents to come with their children. We walked them through all the variables of the program, all