T2A Youth Empowerment Programs

Timbuk2's Youth Empowerment Program welcomes youth from all walks of life, including those at high risk of juvenile delinquency and youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Our programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of each youth; ensuring they reach their highest potential despite challenges and

The T2A Y.E.P. logo incorporates the AYA (fern); an African Adinkra symbol of endurance and resourcefulness. An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.

The Mission

T2A Youth Empowerment Programs (T2AYEP) offers holistic programming tailored to support personal, social, emotional and academic development. We stress the importance of culture and community; coordinating communication amongst all parties involved in our youths lives and advocating on their behalf to bring them through challenges. T2A-Y.E.P puts systems in place to support, encourage and empower youth, during/after school, at home and in the community, thus ceasing the school-to-prison pipeline, the guns-and-gangs-to-prison pipeline, the drinking-and-drugs-to-prison pipeline and the abuse-and-abandonment-to-prison pipeline. T2A Youth Empowerment Programs believes each youth fosters the potential to become leaders of change within themselves, their communities and beyond.

Preventing Youth Violence. Increasing Cultural Awareness Through the Arts, Culture and Developmentally Appropriate Programming

Our Approach

Many adults serving youth view them as subjects. Holistic Youth Development provides an opportunity to expand and deepen our work with youth by seeing young people as complete, whole people who are evolving. Our programs introduce practical ways of practicing this by acknowledging, respecting, and embracing who children and youth are as individuals, including the unique ecology surrounding them. At minimum, the Holistic Youth Development approach relies on physical, familial, social, spiritual, ethical, educational and cultural components to strengthen youth. It also acknowledges and strengthens the broad world around young people by actively bringing together their families, friends, communities, schools, faith places, and other important parties in their lives.

Youth Programs

Hey Girl!

Hey Girl! is a rite of passage for girls. Taken on a self-reflective journey, our girls are provided with the skills and tools for holistic well-being through developmentally and culturally responsive teachings.

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Children will use their Kuumba (creativity) and turn recycled treasures into wearable masterpieces. Youth will receive hands on sewing instruction, while learning the ropes of turning sewing into a sustainable career.

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Young ladies engage in convos and activities centered around identity, culture and experiences influencing career choices.

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What We Value


The Village

Together We Will Win

We have established strong partnerships with our families, communities, and key agencies tasked with servicing our children. These partnerships include the Trenton Public Schools, Law Enforcement, Social Service agencies, and Holistic Health Practitioners

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300+ youth

Vibrational Shifts

Our services positively impact the lives of our youth and families. 90% of youth increase pro-social behaviors.   95%  of youth  have not reoffended while enrolled in T2A programs.  90 % of our Stationhouse Adjustments:successful  complete  all program requirements.In a nutshell….WE GET RESULTS!



The Key to Change   

Providing a holistic approach to help youth thrive. Delivering cultural driven practices to increase self- awareness. Offering a wide range of opportunities in safe, loving, nurturing environments.

Our Youth

Y.E.P Moments

``We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.`` - Mary McLeod Bethune


November 21st, Trenton Farmers Market, 10am - 3pm

born WORTHY. Pop Up SHOP

Timbuk2 Academy youth will host a born WORTHY. Pop Up Shop. Come shop with us!

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We do not discriminate in our enrollment policies on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin.

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