Education & Program Center
132 S. Harrison St, East Orange, NJ 07018
At IFS, we pursue our mission “to create pathways to success for at-risk and underserved residents in urban communities through innovative behavioral health, mental health, residential and educational programs” by rejoicing in the accomplishments of the one and focusing on the success of the many.
As our youth and families grow, we make sure that they receive the support to stand alone, strengthened by the knowledge that they are never by themselves.
Every year at IFS, we help hundreds of children and youth, from birth to 21 years old, many of whom are involved in the child welfare, justice and welfare systems.
Our core concepts are based upon our mission and service tenets, which are derived from the Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) philosophy of Ma’at, and the belief systems of the Akan and Yoruba peoples.
The key concepts include:
• Everyone has the innate ability to learn, to change and to grow into a better person, a supportive family member and a productive community member.
• Every individual has self-worth.
• The individual is important but the community is paramount.
• Everyone should contribute to her or his community and should strive to improve one’s community.
• Individuals should be family and community centered.