Objective: To provide relationship-driven programs that permanently impact the bodies, minds and spirits of at-risk urban children.
Description: Aslan Youth Ministries is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey. For the past 37 years, they have provided community outreach programs to impoverished areas in Monmouth County. Aslan’s programs include one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, character development classes anchored in Christian values and principles, recreational activities, summer camps, cultural enrichment programs, intervention services and scholarship assistance programs for higher learning. In the Third World Extreme program, they engage youth at-risk of or with behavioral health needs and other factors to travel to Haiti and participate in a cultural and skill building experience helping to build schools and hospitals. The intent is to help youth experience other cultures, feel self-worth due to helping with the building of schools and hospitals, and to understand others have very different and even more difficult circumstances. They also build life skills that can help them currently and in their future. They also become pen pals with the families they meet. This is both a prevention and intervention.
The organization also has Bible Study and they pick everyone up on a bus. They provide tutoring and pair youth up with seniors and other professionals.
Results/ Accomplishments/Evidence: There is anecdotal evidence that the program is effective in increasing positive social interactions, self-esteem and school attendance.
Population of Focus: Adolescents, Black or African American, Children, Hispanic or Latino, Homeless, Limited English Proficient, Transition aged, White
Setting: Community center, Faith-based organization, Urban
Level of Intervention: Community, Individual, City, County
Craig Bogard, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
ASLAN Youth Ministries
P.O. Box 270, Red Bank, NJ, 07701