Dorson Community Foundation enriches and develops the next generation of leaders and agents of change from under-served communities by emphasizing self-discovery and civic engagement to empower students on their path to and through post-secondary education and onto career success.
Founded in 1992 and tax-exempt in 1997, Dorson Community Foundation, Inc. (DCF) provides inner‐city youth, in Essex and surrounding counties, with a creative outlet and a meaningful alternative lifestyle to one involving drugs and gangs.
The Foundation is dedicated to opening doors, creating opportunities, encouraging continuing education and developing a sense of self-worth for the youth of the community. The Foundation attracts teachers and investors alike who are truly motivated by a desire to give something back to their community and to help these young people with guidance and direction to become the community leaders of tomorrow.
Over the past 20 years, we have undertaken the following:
Free business and computer classes for adults and children
Free computer lab open daily
Mentorship and scholarship information to college-bound high school students
SAT Prep classes for high school students
Dance classes for boys and girls of all ages
Feeding the homeless
Annual toys-for-tots and coat drive
Support and sponsorship of kids for the Jaguars Track Club
Affordable computer summer camp
Scholarships to sleep-away summer camps
Career Development Program for high school students
Intergenerational pen pal program between youth and nursing home residents
Collaborating with the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association on the National African American Youth Initiative (NAAYI) Project
Collaborating with the Lumina Foundation to sponsor students to attend Cornell University’s Summer College for High School students
Collaborating with the Student Diplomacy Corps to sponsor students on immersive summer experiences around the globe.
Dorson Community Foundation, as a community aid organization, strives to continue progressive teamwork to support the pressing needs of youth in our community. Each and every day, we work to fulfill the message of our motto:
“Opening the door to a brighter tomorrow"