THE CHILDREN Through Developmental & Discipline
Unity Community Center of S.J. Inc., a
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"
Benefits: Offers many benefits such as developing
Moral Character and Leadership
Development.We will improvemental
balance & coordination,
improve your cardiovascular system,
stress, tension and help you express yourself
through body, mind and spirit.
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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania"
(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 to
STOPPING THE VIOLENCE and STOPPING THE KILLINGS
LOVE & the
Development of SELF-DISCIPLINE IS THE
"Keeping them in the discipline -UNTIL-
They develop SELF-DISCIPLINE"
"We must TEACH by EXAMPLE"
The Unity Community Center of S.J. Inc., Camden, New
Jersey, is a non-profit organization
founded and created in 1983 by Mr. Robert H. Dickerson and burst into full bloom
in February of 1984. Mr. Dickerson along with is wonderful wife
Wanda, brought together a group of serious men and women who
were concerned about the social ills and decline of the community.
The PURPOSE is to help
at-risk communities and surrounding communities through
educational, discipline, recreational and developmental programs.
We highlight our successful programs through the performing arts. We focus on
programs that enhances academic excellence and reestablish the values 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. The GOAL here at the Unity Community Center (UCC) is to give the young
opportunity to experience feelings of Self Worth, Achievement, Confidence, and
Discipline. These are the fundamentals needed for anyone to be successful as an
employee or a business owner/entrepreneur and productive individuals in our
The Unity Community Center of S.J. Inc., is the parent
organization to all of the performing art programs, which includes the
Universal Pasha Karate School, Universal African
Dance & Drum Ensemble, UPK Pasha Generals,
UCC Praise Dance Ministry,
UCC Music Ensemble & Brass Band,
Dean Tree and more. The
founder; Mr. Robert H. Dickerson, wife
family are also the creators, artistic
directors, choreographers and teachers, with other great professionals of our performing arts programs.
Against great odds, Unity Community Center (UCC)
grown to a multifaceted organization with approximately 350 active members
and hundreds of associated members. Since 1983, UCC can
now boast of having won national and international championships from its
performing arts programs.
Today UCC is
considered by many the most accomplished
(award-winning) performing arts organizations in America.
(1) Educational accomplished-
members 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 awards. Jamal
Dickersonreceived the 2007 MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION
NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD on October 11, 2007. This award
considered as the Oscar of Teaching Award and the
Most Prestigious Educational Award in America
Universal Pasha Karate (UPK) School-Karate (Martial Arts) program has been inducted into
four prestigious Martial Arts Halls of Fames since 1994. Produced over
30 World, National, Regional and Local Karate Champions since 1984. UPK
produced over 11 Kick-Boxing Champions since 1988.
Universal 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 to represent the USA at the World Festival of Black Arts and
Culture(FESMAN) in Dakar, Senegal, Africa in December 2010,
where over 80 nations presented their best. At this historical
event Universal performed in Saint-Louis, Goree Island,
and Dakar, Senegal, AFRICA.
(4) UPK Pasha Generals-specializes 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.
(5) UCC Praise Dance
McDonald’s Gospelfest Praise Dance Winners. In 2009 UCC Praise Dance were
blessed to be a finalist out of over 80,000 participants at 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.
(7) UCC Music Ensemble-
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 an Emmy Award Saturday,
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 the EMMY AWARD.
(8) Life Research Group-
is 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 the Unity Community Center's
historical 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.
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.
their local, national and international acclaim they have received numerous awards in all of
their programs. UCC's performing arts have electrified audiences throughout the United States.
They have performed for hundreds of
thousands of audiences all over America and abroad. UCC's
performing arts productions have been seen by millions on cable,
local, national and international television since 1984.
UCC has approximately 67
active volunteer instructors, teachers, certified public and private school teachers
and professors, which makes Unity Community Center one of the largest groups
of certified and/or
professional instructors and teachers in this region.
UCC has also been accredited for teaching, instructing and mentoring more
than ten thousand youth since 1983 from 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 the
after-school education and
discipline programs has resulted in the Unity Community Center of S.J.
Inc., to become a dynamic model for leadership development. We need your moral support, especially
financially to continue the successful work to help and assist more young people.
Performing at many prestigious venues, such as:United Nations-NY,
Inaugurations, NAACP National Convention,
National Association of Black Journalist Convention,
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)-NY,
Sunshine Awards / Gilman Figaro-NY,
War Memorial (Trenton, NJ),
Sony Blockbuster Entertainment Ctr., Tweeter Ctr.-NJ,
New Jersey State Aquarium,
Forum-Harrisburg, PA, Taj Mahal Casino-NJ,
Casino-NJ, Show Boat Casino-NJ,
Academy of Music-PHILA.,
International African Arts Festival-NY,
Mann Center-PHILA., Robin Hood
Dell-Phila., WDAS Unity Day-PHILA,,
West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival-PHILA,
The famous UniverSoul Circus,
Six Flags GREAT ADVENTURE, Expos,
Performing Art Centers,
Museums, Convention Centers,
Fraternity & Sorority National Conventions,
Government & State Agencies,
United States Arm Force Facilities,
Fortune 500 or High Profile Corporate Events and
many community events all over this
Seen by millions on
Local, National, International and Cable Television, such as:
Charles Perez Show- 1995,
News Networks, Positive Impact (JOE PISCOPO) Show,
NBC-Today's Show - Matt Lauer & Katie
Couric with Joe Piscopo-2003, SPIKE TV- 2005, C-SPAN
Millions More Movement 2005, CNN-
TLC CABLE- 2009,
WCAU 10, KYW 3,
WYBE 35, CN8
and many local TV shows
around the U.S.A. since 1984.
Camden, New Jersey is considered the
most violent, dangerous and one of the poorest cities in
However, out of Camden comes the most loving and accomplished
young people and the BEST KEPT SECRET
IN AMERICA. Please support these miraculous young people CLICK HERE TO
THE ONLY TIME YOU LOOK DOWN ON A PERSON
IS WHEN YOU ARE LIFTING THAT PERSON UP
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all over the
United States of America, to help us keep HOPE
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UNITY COMMUNITY CENTER OF S.J. INC.
1544 Mt. Ephraim Avenue
Camden, New Jersey 08104
(856) 365-4817 or (856)
Fax# (856) 365-7318