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Hands in 4 Youth inspires young people from diverse backgrounds to be fully engaged in school and life so they have opportunity and choice to pursue their dreams.
For almost a century, Hands In 4 Youth (formerly Vacamas Programs for Youth) has been offering award winning programs and much needed support to children and families from hard pressed neighborhoods. Since 1924, we have helped change the lives of tens of thousands of deserving children by offering quality summer camp opportunities to inner city children who would otherwise be unable to have that experience.
As we recognized making a difference in the lives of children is not just a summer need, in the mid 1980s HI4Y began providing year-round services in New Jersey and New York schools. Educational support, enrichment programs, healthy snacks, as well as nature weekends, college visits, and cultural exposure is all part of how we help change lives.
For 94 years, Hands In 4 Youth has understood the changing needs of children, families, and communities, and responded with quality summer camping, after-school, in-school, and experiential learning programs. We are proud of our legacy of making memories and changing lives