Category Archives: 2013–2014 Stories

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Help at Our Holiday Party for Community Kids!

This Friday December 13th the GOYA Project plans to throw a holiday party for the children of Youth Empowerment Services (YES), an after school program for the children of New Brunswick, and we need volunteers!

WHEN: Friday December 13th 2013

TIME: 4:30-5:30pm (please be on time as the event only lasts an hour!)

WHERE: Youth Empowerment Services, 270 George St New Brunswick, NJ (One block after Rockoff Hall)

WHAT WE NEED: Activities for the children vary, so we need people for a few different things.

NB_Library_2010_Holiday_Party-wrapping_books-300x225Gift Wrappers: We are going to be gift wrapping books for the children to take home for themselves and to give as gifts for friends and neighbors in their community, so we need volunteers who can neatly wrap books.

Face Painting: One of the activities we wish to do is face painting, so we need a volunteer who can paint simple designs on the children’s faces.

Arts&Crafts: We’re going to have a coloring/craft station for the kids to design simple Christmas ornaments and Christmas cards to take home and hang on their tree or in their window. Volunteers are needed to assist the children in doing this.

Henna tattoos: This inclusion of this activity at the event depends on if any of our volunteers know how to do simple henna designs. If so, please inform us as soon as possible!

Cultural Holiday Celebrations (presentation): To make this event educational as well as fun, we wish to include a short (15 minute) interactive presentation on holiday celebrations from different cultures (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa). For this activity volunteers are needed to present and engage the audience using visual aids.

Before the event all volunteers and members of GOYA who wish to participate need to meet up for an hour or two Monday Dec 9th at 8pm at Alexander Library (College Ave) AND Thursday Dec 12th to go over individual responsibilities. All those interested please send an email to Elsa at with your phone number/contact info at your earliest convenience.

Thank you!

-The GOYA Project

Hundreds of kids celebrate the 10th Annual Monster Mash with GOYA Project

This past Friday October 25th, the GOYA Project participated in the 10th Annual Monster Mash at Rutgers University. Monster Mash is a safe alternative trick-or-treating event for elementary school children from New Brunswick, Piscataway, Highland Park, and other surrounding areas. Along with giving out candy, Monster Mash is an opportunity for student organizations at Rutgers to promote their cause and give back to the community. Hundreds of student organizations set up tables with activities and give aways for the kids, and GOYA was no different. This year our table was a coloring and construction station where children could cut, glue, and color tombstones any way they wanted. Needless to say, things got pretty messy!

Supplies for Monster Mash
Supplies for Monster Mash

Student volunteers worked on assisting the children with their activities and keeping things under control throughout the day. We also gave out handbooks to the parents of toddlers and first graders that emphasized the importance of reading at a young age. The children had a great time expressing their artistic ability and eating candy, and the volunteers had a great time putting smiles on their faces!

Kids at Monster Mash design their own tombstones
Kids at Monster Mash design their own tombstones

We’d like to thank Sam and Massah for helping set up everything so well!


Walk-for-Literacy is Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Hello folks!

We are working hard towards our walkathon but we need your help! Please spread the word! If you can reach out to your social media contacts that would make a tremendous difference!

2013 Walk for Literacy
2013 Walk for Literacy

Detail about the walkathon and registration materials are here:

Welcome to our Fall 2013 new students!

Hello all!

We are tremendously excited to have you aboard once more. This fall semester we hope to have a fantastic series of opportunities for you to get involved with.
– Look out for our Walk-for-Literacy on October 12th.
– We’re looking forward to excited kids for Halloween Monster Mash at the end of October.
– We want to help with outreach at the local New Brunswick library
– We also want to assist at the Tiny Tots center as well as at Youth Empowerment Services, both of which seek to make a difference for young people in New Brunswick
-We are working with NJ4Haiti and the Global Literacy Project, Inc. to assist students in Haiti

And that’s just to start!
Bring your ideas to add to the list and let’s make this a semester of difference!

Check us out every Monday night,
9 p.m.,
Meeting Room E, Douglass Campus Center.