New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL SCHOOL
Project Director: Tom Harris
First Avenue & Pine Street
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 272-4234
Servicing School District: Asbury Park
CLC Sites: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School
Partners: Friendship Train Foundation
Serving Grade Level: 4-8
No. of Students to be served: 101
No. of Adults to be Served: 100
Times of Services: After School: 2:45-5:45PM; Summer 9:00AM-3:30PM
The Mt. Carmel afterschool and summer programs will:
* Provide academic support so that our students have the tools and study habits to succeed in high school and higher education.
* Help students develop the self-confidence, character, and social skills they will need to pursue college, obtain employment, and interact outside of their isolated communities.
* Provide a nutritious snack so that participants have the strength to succeed and so that they learn the importance of nutrition.
* Take students outside of Asbury Park to reinforce their academic learning and to expose them to a broader community and cultural resources available to them.
* Educate and encourage adult family members to support the education of their children.
Enrichment activities will be focused around a STEM theme with additional programming in the areas of health, physical education, character education, visual and performing arts, and parental involvement designed to enhance the students' learning experience. While there will be an effort to tie all afterschool activities to the STEM theme, adequate flexibility will be built in to allow individualized plans for students struggling in specific areas outside of the STEM focus (e.g., language arts, social studies). Time will also be allotted each day for students to complete their homework and receive assistance as needed.
OLMC has operated an after school program in partnership with FTF for nearly a full school year already. For reasons explained in the application, this has had a profound impact in the lives of these children and their families already. Further, this will provide a solid foundation for the 21CCLC to build on.
The intention is to fully integrate the 21CCLC program with other aspects of Asbury Park community life. Adding to the a solid existing list of collaborators, OLMC and FTF will leverage their reputations and networks to build working relationships with Asbury Park business, government, and community leaders.
Mt. Carmel will use the action research method to continually improve its programs over the five years of this grant and will build a network of support among individuals, businesses and organizations in and around Asbury Park to support the program and the participating families. With a strong track record of success and citywide support, we anticipate that these services will help build a new future in our iconic city.