"SAVE THE CHILDREN Through Developmental & Discipline Programs"
Unity Community Center of S.J. Inc., a non-profit
organization that promotes, preserves and represents the performing arts,
literary arts, visual and creative arts, history and culture. We offer a
variety of arts and arts related training programs to youth, young adults and
the community. We also specialize in developmental, discipline and music
programs particularly for young people at risk, in order to instill in them an
appreciation for the arts, respect for life and the love of humanity. These
programs will build character, artistic skills and improve their academic and
life skills. This will also allow the students to experience the performing
arts through developmental, discipline, educational and recreational programs.
"YOUTH INTERVENTION USING THE ARTS"
many benefitssuch as developingSelf-Defense
Development.We will improvemental
your cardiovascular system,reduces
help you express yourselfphysically,mentallyandspirituallythroughbody,
mind and spirit.
"Mentoring, Educating, Saving and
Transforming Lives to be productive and righteous"
"The most accomplished (award-winning)
performing arts organizations in America, located in Camden, New Jersey and
(AVAILABLE TO PERFORM ANY WHERE IN THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA and ABROAD)
"A MUST SEE"
"The Most Accomplished
EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, ADVOCATING THE VALUE OF FAMILY IN AMERICA"
A model, A solution, THE answer
that scholars and leaders
talk and write about for young people at-risk,
concerning the social ills or problems that affect themselves and communities
The Organization that truly has the solutions toSTOPPING
LOVE& the Development ofSELF-DISCIPLINEIS
"Keeping them in the discipline -UNTIL-
They develop SELF-DISCIPLINE"
"We must TEACH by EXAMPLE"
Community Center of S.J. Inc., Camden, New Jersey,is
a non-profit organization founded and created in1983byMr.
Robert H. Dickersonand burst
into full bloom inFebruary of
1984. Mr. Dickerson along with is wonderful wifeWanda,
brought together a group of serious men and women who were concerned about the
social ills and decline of the community.
to helpat-risk communitiesandsurrounding
recreational and developmental programs. We
highlight our successful programs through theperforming
arts. We focus on programs thatenhances
reestablish thevalues of family
life. We will improve
character, educate, and teach the basic life skills that our youth need to
survive and succeed against the difficulties of life which affect low income
urban areas. TheGOALhere
at theUnity Community Center (UCC)is
to give the young people opportunity to experience feelings ofSelf
are the fundamentals needed for anyone to be successful as an employee or a
business owner/entrepreneur and productive individuals in our society.
Community Center of S.J. Inc.,is
all ofthe performing art
programs,which includes theUniversal
Pasha Karate School,Universal
African Dance & Drum Ensemble,UPK
Praise Dance Ministry, ,UCC
Cloud Nine Creative Dance,Dean
Music Ensemble, which includes theUCC
Royal Brass Band, andUCC
Little Jazz Giants. Thefounder;Mr.
Robert H. Dickerson,wifeWandaandfamilyare
also the creators, artistic directors, choreographers and teachers, with other
great professionals of ourperforming
arts programs.Against great odds,Unity
grown to a multifaceted organization with approximately350
active membersand hundreds of
associated members. Since
now boast of having wonnationalandinternationalchampionships
and prestigious awards from itsperforming
Unity Community Center
Education and Performing Arts MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
achieved college degrees from AS to Ph.D; also many members earned awards for
academic excellence. And those who became teachers received local and national
MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARDon
October 11, 2007. This
award considered as theOscar of
Teaching Awardand theMost
Prestigious Educational Award in America
Pasha Karate (UPK) School–
served and taught thousands and its Karate (Martial Arts) program has been
inducted intofour prestigious
Martial Arts Halls of Fames since 1994. UPK
produced over 30 World, National, Regional and Local Karate Champions since
1984. UPK also produced over 11 Kick-Boxing Champions since 1988.
Because of this dynamic discipline program we believe this is the direct reason
why so manyyoung membersdeveloped
high academic success, achievements and being positive role-models and upright
citizens in our communities since 1984.
African Dance and Drum Ensemble-Blessed
and sanctioned to be one of the BEST and the most exciting African Dance and
Drum ensembles in the USA. In addition the Universal African Dance and Drum
Ensemble were chosen and endorsed by world renowned historians, scholars and
artists in America and Africa torepresent
the USAat theWorld
Festival of Black Arts and Culture(FESMAN)inDakar,
Senegal, Africain December 2010,
where over80 nations presented
their best. At thishistorical
eventUniversal performed inSaint-Louis,Goree
in close order discipline military-style drilling. UPK won many World, National
and Local Drill competitions all over America since 1984. Hailed and sanction
by scholars, military personnel and stopping the violence program leaders as the
best close order drill team of its kind in America. Today the Generals
specialize in anti-bullying, crime and drug prevention presentations and
workshops in schools, colleges and community events highlighting the importance
of love and discipline development.
Praise Dance Ministry-2003
McDonald's Gospelfest Praise Dance Winners. In 2009 UCC Praise Dance were
blessed to be a finalist out of over80,000
the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The event had starring the
legendary Patti LaBelle and Donnie McClurkin on June 13, 2009.
(6) UCC Royal Brass Band-Three
time Winners at the World Famous APOLLO Theater in New York in 1994. UCC Royal
Brass Band performed with the best Brass Band groups in America, and especially
New Orleans. TheU.C.C. Royal
Brass Band'spurpose is to keep the legacy, music, and history of musicians
such as those of the New Orleans and southern area of AmericaALIVE.
The culture of this style of Band is very rich and greatly appreciated in
the United States and many parts of the world.
includesNasir Dickerson and the
Renaissance Messengersand our
UCC Royal Brass Band and theUCC
Little Jazz Giants;featuring our
best, Jamal Dickerson, Hassan Sabree and Nasir Dickerson; Jamal Dickerson was
awarded the best school teacher in America by the National Mikken Foundation out
of California. All three teachers were also awarded the best teachers in Camden
School District for their styles of teachings and accomplishments.
Congratulations to Jamal Dickerson, Hassan Sabree and Nasir Dickerson for being
part of a team winning anEmmy
AwardSaturday, September 24,
2011. The magnificent mind of Jamal creating the musical thread (vertical
alignment), which all educational systems should adopt or use was the subject of
an interdisciplinary team of creative generalists working on a broad range of
activities in the arts, sciences and religions. This group specializes in
finding and developing programs that enhances educational or academic
excellence. The Life Research Group is theUnity
Community Center'shistorical and
statistical research program. This program since 1984 is the reason why so many
young people in our organization excelled especially in academics and the
disciplines. It was designed to prepared young people in programs for their
life journey. The DEANS started a DEANS STEP TEAMSin
1992 to further the works of our Life Research Group and they became a very good
example of encouraging young people to stay in school and focus on their
Cloud Nine Creative Hip Hop Dance-this
dance troupe started in 1984 under our Universal Creative Arts Dance Program.
In 2002 Ayanna and Atiya, the daughters of our founders Robert and Wanda
Dickerson changed the name of the hip hop style of dance to UCC Cloud Nine to
give the young ladies the opportunity to express themselves in this type of
dance. Today, they perform at many community events.
Today, you will find
all of our performing arts groups performing all over America and abroad. Also
they specialize in performing and/or conducting discipline, cultural and
anti-bullying workshops at School Assemblies, Colleges and Community events.
Because of their local, national and international acclaim they have
received numerous awards in all of their programs. UCC'sperforming
arts have electrified audiences throughout the United States. They haveperformed
for hundreds of thousandsof
audiences all over America and abroad. UCC'sperforming
arts productionshave been seen by
millionson cable, local,
national and international television since 1984.
approximately67 active volunteer
instructors, teachers, certified public and private school teachers and
Community Centerone of the
largest groups ofcertifiedand/orprofessionalinstructorsandteachersin
this region. UCChas
also been accredited for teaching, instructing and mentoring more thanten
its own center and the YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, community centers,
churches, public, charter and private schools. Its involvement of inner-city
youth in thearts,after-school
programshas resulted in the
Unity Community Center of S.J. Inc., to become a dynamic model for leadership
need your moral support, especially financially to continue the successful work
to help and assist more young people.
Unity Community Center's pride and joy
EDUCATION IS A MUST
Performing at many prestigious venues, such as:United
Inaugurations, NAACP National Convention,National
Association of Black Journalist Convention,Waldorf
Academy of Music (BAM)-NY,Schomburg
Awards / Gilman Figaro-NY,War
Memorial (Trenton, NJ), Sony Blockbuster
Entertainment Ctr., Tweeter Ctr.-NJ,New
Jersey State Aquarium, Kimmel Ctr.-PHILA.,Forum-Harrisburg,
PA, Taj Mahal Casino-NJ,Trump
Boat Casino-NJ, Academy of Music-PHILA.,International
African Arts Festival-NY, Mann Center-PHILA.,Robin
Hood Dell-Phila., WDAS Unity Day-PHILA,,Odunde-PHILA.,
West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival-PHILA,Penns
Landing-PHILA., The famous UniverSoul Circus,Six
Flags GREAT ADVENTURE, Expos,Performing
Art Centers, Museums,Convention
Fraternity & Sorority National Conventions,Government
& State Agencies, United States Arm Force
Halls, Fortune 500 or High Profile Corporate Events
community events all over this country.
Seen by millions on Local,
National, International and Cable Television, such as: Charles
Perez Show- 1995,National
News Networks, Positive
Show - Matt Lauer & Katie Couric with Joe Piscopo-2003,
SPIKE TV- 2005, C-SPAN
More Movement 2005,CNN-(JOE
10, KYW 3,WTXF
29, WPHL 17,WYBE
local TV shows around the U.S.A. since 1984.
Camden, New Jerseyis
considered the mostviolent,dangerousand
one of thepoorest citiesinAmerica.
However, out of Camden comes the mostlovingand
accomplished young peopleand
the BEST KEPT SECRET IN AMERICA. Please support these miraculous young people
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UNITY COMMUNITY CENTER OF S.J. INC.
1544 Mt. Ephraim Avenue
Camden, New Jersey 08104
(856) 365-4817 or (856) 365-1226
Fax# (856) 365-7318