Church-based program for at-risk adolescents

The Foundation's program, New Jersey Health Initiatives, was designed to support projects in New Jersey that develop new approaches to resolving the state's health care needs, focusing on the Foundation's goal areas.The purpose of this project is to create a Youth Network to provide at-risk adolescents with concrete alternatives to negative behavior. Counselors will be used to lead self-esteem building sessions, conduct substance abuse and prevention education, and provide one-on-one mentoring and support. This is a collaborative effort between MEM and UMDNJ-UH. The program will be conducted from five anchor churches in Newark, East Orange, and Irvington, each with about four cooperating churches providing program support, outreach, and use of special facilities. The Network will accommodate 100 youths and their families in year one, and an additional 200 in year two. An evaluation will be employed comparing those in the program with a control group of those awaiting admission. A survey of participants will also be undertaken to assess the program's strengths and weaknesses. The grantee plans to produce a manual for dissemination to other communities by the end of the grant period.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $249,940.00

Awarded on: 5/25/1994

Time frame: 6/1/1994 - 5/31/1996

Grant Number: 24126


Metropolitan Ecumenical Ministry

525 Orange Street
Newark, 07102-2128

C. Stephen Jones
Project Director