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New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs


Project Director: Joanne Flynn
445 Marshall Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Phone: (908) 213-2594
Fax: (908) 213-2062

County: Warren

Servicing School District: Phillipsburg

CLC Site: Phillipsburg Middle School

Partners: NORWESCAP Family Success Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County

Serving Grade Level: 6-8

No. of Students to be Served: 75

No. of Adults to be Served: 90

Times of Services: After School: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM; Summer: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Abstract: Since its inception in 2001, REACH (Recreation, Education, Aspiration, Community, and Health) has strived to meet the educational, recreational, social, and health needs of the students of the Phillipsburg Middle School and their families.  Standardized test scores are low in the district, and the attitude of hopelessness for the future is prevalent among the middle school students. The REACH Program will partner with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County to employ many strategies to provide youth development experiences and career and college awareness, while promoting confidence and healthy lifestyles for students and their parents. REACH will also partner with the Family Success Center of Warren County, which is a one-stop shop for a variety of services for families and parent education opportunities.

REACH is a STEM-based program, and daily activities are conducted which address this theme. Through an intensive educational program consisting of homework help by certified teachers, research-based educational programs, and enrichment activities, REACH students will receive personalized academic attention and learn the skills needed to excel not only on standardized tests, but in life. Collaborators will provide nutrition workshops, a mentoring program, and other teen-related programming. REACH will sponsor dance/theater workshops and field trips in an effort to expose REACH students to meaningful cultural experiences. School Based Youth Services will provide (in-kind) a nurse to address medical/dental issues of students and their families, as well as, mental health counselors who will work with REACH students both individually and in a group setting.

We believe that with the many resources we have available to us through the district and our collaborators, and with the history of success of our program, we can implement a community learning center that will continue to positively impact the students, families, school, district, and community of Phillipsburg.