Education

Early Grade Reading and Summer Literacy

Research shows that children fall behind when they are still learning to read rather than reading to learn by fourth grade. Our early grade reading partnerships help ensure that more children are exposed to reading and enrichment opportunities that continue over the summer, fostering their success in school and in life. This program also provides tools for families to build a literacy-rich home environment and nutritional lunches to children while they are out of school.

2016 RESULTS

  • 192 students participated (Pre-K to third grade).
  • 76% maintained or improved their reading levels over the summer.
  • 3,126 books distributed to kids to start or build their at-home library.

PARTNERS

Community YMCA
Freehold Boro School District
    - YMCA of Western Monmouth County
Keansburg School District
    - Collier Youth Services
Red Bank School District
    - Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County
    - Horizons at Rumson County Day School
    - Monmouth Day Care Center
    - Red Bank Primary School

Summer Reading, Summer Feeding

2016 RESULTS

  • 17 children and 20 parents participated.
  • 133 nutritious lunches provided.
  • 300 books distributed.

PARTNERS

The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
JBJ Soul Kitchen
Kohl’s
Peoples Pantry
Staples

Career Connections

Based at Asbury Park High School (APHS), our Career Connections program helps students stay in school, grow academically and developmentally, and graduate with the skills they need to be successful. Students develop career pathways, learn work readiness skills and gain employment.

2016 RESULTS

  • 108 high school students participated.
  • 53 students were employed over the school year (49% of total participating students).
  • 100% of participating seniors (28 students) graduated from high school and transitioned to college or career.

PARTNERS

Asbury Park High School/Asbury Park School District
APHS School-Based Youth Services Program - The SPOT
Center for Vocational Rehabilitation (CVR)

Out-of-School Time

Improving academic skills for students outside of the classroom throughout the year, including after-school programs, homework help and mentoring.

2016 RESULTS

  • 1,363 youth participated in educational opportunities.
  •       97% of youth in the mentoring program achieved higher grades in academic areas.

PARTNERS

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County
Jersey Shore Council, Boy Scouts of America
Ocean County YMCA
Ocean Mental Health Services

Kindergarten Readiness

Classroom-based preschool program to improve literacy and prepare children for kindergarten.

2016 RESULTS

  • 35 children participated.
  •       71% of children were kindergarten ready after completing the program.

PARTNER

St. Francis Community Center

Stuff the Bus

In preparation for each new school year, our Stuff the Bus drive collects essential school supplies for local students in need. We partner with local schools that have a pulse on the community to determine the demand for items and enlist the help of companies to acquire donations. In 2016, items were collected through community drives at area Walmart, Boscov’s and Wegmans stores; through internal drives at local organizations; and through individual donations, helping to ensure that children have the supplies they need to succeed in school.

2016 RESULTS

  • Over 23,000 school supplies were distributed to 30 schools and agencies.
  • 54 organizations collected donations.
  • 102 people volunteered at store events and at the warehouse.

SPONSORS

J.F. Kiely Construction Company
New Jersey Resources

Warmest Wishes

Our Warmest Wishes drive was established as a result of our relationships with local schools and their identification of warm winter outerwear as a significant need for their students. This past year, with the help of donations from individuals and internal drives at local organizations, children received brand-new coats, hats, mittens and more to keep them warm on the way to and from school.

2016 RESULTS

  • Over 6,100 items were distributed to 28 schools and nonprofits.
  • 35 organizations collected donations.
  • 38 volunteers helped count and sort donations.

SPONSORS

J.F. Kiely Construction Company
New Jersey Resources