Community Engagement Project

As part of a special topics course on the current migrant crisis in Europe, students from The College of New Jersey, along with their professor Dr. Karen Becker have created a new organization called “The College of New Jersey Kids at Play” (TCNJ K.A.P.S).

The students volunteer at the “Counselling Center for refugees of Diakonisches Werk Heidelberg and Caritasverband Heidelberg e.V.” at Patrick-Henry-Village three days a week from 8 a.m. to noon. Patrick Henry-Village is a refugee center housing asylum seekers from North Africa, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bangladesh, and many other countries. Our students travel an hour each way, and their commute begins by tram, followed by bus and ends with a 20-minute walk to the Patrick Henry Village. There, they play games with the children and teach them basic language and mathematic skills. This is basically the only source of education, entertainment and structure that these children receive by that time.

Working with the children at the Patrick Henry-Village has opened my eyes to the real issues in life. […]
Together, we created a pilot program that will continue to the next semester aiding and supporting the children at the refugee center. I am proud of the difference we have made and the relationships we have gained at the refugee center. (Brian Sutera, Fall 2016 – read his blog)


Our community engagement project is also supported by CEPA Foundation, not only monetary but also by providing the platform to acccept donations for this project.

Please consider supporting a wonderful project by our students! We are so proud of the work they are doing!
They need money in order to purchase crayons, paper, pencils, activities, etc. for the kids.

Go to the CEPA Foundation website to make a donation

100% of your donation will go toward the project and as a nonprofit, your donation is tax-deductible.

Pictures courtesy of Melissa Lee and Brian Sutera