Youth

Goals

Goal 1 Enhance communication to youth and parents about existing programs available in the community.

Strategies

Goal 2 Increase the number of youth involved in school-based and other programs.

Strategies

Goal 3 Ensure the neighborhood’s youth have a safe means of transportation to and from programs.

Strategies

Goal 4 Educate youth about the dangers of gangs and promote alternative activities.

Strategies

EXISTING CONDITIONS

Youth Population <18

Asbury Park 24%
West Side 33%
Lincoln Village 42%

Poverty

0%
... of Asbury Park youth live in poverty, compared to 15% statewide

Key Programs

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

  • College Bound: Mentoring and scholarship
  • Girls on the Run: 10-week empowerment program
  • SMART Girls: Encouraging healthy attitudes and lifestyles
  • Gang Prevention guidance and support
  • Passport to Manhood: promoting positive values and behavior

INTERFAITH NEIGHBORS

  • Street Outreach Team
  • Monmouth County Youth Corps: serves ages 16-25 who have not completed high school

PREVENTION FIRST

  • LifeSkills Training: Substance abuse prevention program for middle school students
  • Project Vision: Life skills program for at-risk youth ages 11-16
  • Safe Dates: Healthy relationship curriculum
  • We’re Not Buying It: Media awareness program

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

  • One-on-one mentoring for youth ages 6-14
  • High school student mentors for middle and elementary school students
  • Site-based mentoring (often through schools)

The Community Says

  • After-school programming is lacking and has decreased in recent years
  • There is a lack of trust between generations
  • Open spaces on school properties are locked outside of school hours
  • Awareness of existing programs is low, and preventing participation
  • Transportation and access to programs needs improvement
  • Underserved age groups need more programming options