Academy Street Firehouse
Youth Development

In continuing its mission to serve HIV/AIDS affected youth, ARFC purchased a historic firehouse from the city of Newark and has renovated it to make the Academy Street Firehouse the first single location in New Jersey to address the specific educational, social, and medical needs of children and adolescents who are dealing with the loss of a parent due to AIDS. 

Educational and health care programs at the Firehouse enhance the lives of youth participants by aiding them in receiving a high school diploma, preparing them for life after high school (be it in college or the work force), educating them to engage in healthy lifestyles, exposing them to the arts, and providing them with necessary mental health services.