The B-Men Staff
B-Men is an 10 week program aimed towards educating and creating positive influences for Perth Amboy’s male youth. It launched on October 14, 2013, and is running full speed ahead.A group of dedicated professional volunteers, work with at-risk male youth age 17 and older in a non-traditional setting. Classes vary week to week and are inclusive of topics such as resume building, financial management, college preparation, interviewing skills and much more.Recruitment is ongoing. Classes are held on Tuesdays and thursdays from 6-8 PM at the Jankwoski Center located at 1 Olive Street, Perth Amboy, NJ.When there is a vision and a plan, the momentum lays the groundwork that can move mountains, make communities stronger, and give inner city youth a positive message to keep them off the streets and on the right path
Edison Jaquez, was born on August 10, 1983 and arrived in the USA with his family in 1990 at the age of 7 from the Dominican Republic. He grew up in the famous Stockton Street Projects of Perth Amboy. Knowing the value of finishing what he started and of education, he made sure he graduated from Perth Amboy High School, But due to circumstances, he did not get to participate in the graduation ceremony. It was a hard lesson for this young man to learn, but it drove him to make sure he did the right things in the future. As a result, when he enrolled in Berkeley College, not only was he determined to succeed, he wanted to have his family watch as he earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Management. Mr. Jaquez is also a self published author of his own memoir call "A Second Chance; Life Lessons Turned Into Living Dreams."
Edison also realized just how important his community is to him. He made sure to stay actively involved with the youthful and with helping others. This be came his mission and is actively involved as a big brother, mentor & father figure to the youth he surrounds himself with.
Currently, as the Program Coordinator for the Civic Justice Corps, under the umbrella of the Jewish Renaissance Foundation, he works with at-risk young men, ages 17 and under to help them in anyway he can. The program is designed to get the kids off the streets and into the classroom by providing GED classes and construction education.
Edison’s dream has always been to start a mentoring non-profit organization helping the youth of his community and with the B-Men program, he is doing just that. “I can tell the youth doesn’t let anyone say you can’t become whoever you would like to become.”
'I just want to leave a legacy for all the youth with a dream,” he says. With the B-Men program, the legacy lives.
B-Men exists as a learning organization to facilitate human and organizational growth and development through sharing best practices of mentoring.It is the mission of B-Men to improve the academic achievement, self-esteem, social competence, and avoidance of problem/high-risk behavior by providing a relationship with a caring adult friend who works to help youth achieve their potential. The focus of outcomes for this program is targeted toward youth as the primary recipients of services, not mentors.