Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. It’s essential to getting and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits, and it’s fundamental to a community’s economic prosperity. Data also supports the link between educational attainment and poverty. For example, of all the people in our county who are living below the poverty level, over 65% of them either have only a high school education (including a GED) or have never completed high school.

Early Grade Reading

Research shows that children fall behind when they are still learning to read rather than reading to learn by fourth grade. Our early grade reading partnerships help ensure that more children are exposed to reading and enrichment opportunities that continue over the summer, fostering their success in school and in life. This initiative also provides tools for families to build a literacy-rich home environment.

RESULTS (2015-16)

• 167 students from pre-K to 3rd grade participated.
• 84% maintained or improved their reading levels after participation.
• More than 5,400 books were distributed to kids to start or build their at-home library.
• 52 parents enrolled in the family literacy program.


Freehold Boro School District
• YMCA of Western Monmouth County
Keansburg School District
• Collier Youth Services
Red Bank School District
• Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County
• Horizons at Rumson Country Day School
• Monmouth Day Care Center
• Red Bank Primary School


Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County

Career Connections

Based at Asbury Park High School (APHS), our Career Connections program helps students stay in school, grow academically and developmentally, and graduate with the skills they need to be successful. Students develop career pathways, learn work readiness skills and gain employment.

RESULTS (2015-16)

• 89 APHS students participated.
• 37 students gained employment.
• 81% of seniors graduated, and of these, 78% transitioned to college or career.


Asbury Park High School
APHS School-Based Youth Services Program - The SPOT
Center for Vocational Rehabilitation (CVR)


We are also helping children and adults in Ocean County reach and surpass their potential for academic achievement, becoming productive and engaged citizens, and school readiness. Specific programs include:  mentoring at-risk youth, life skills and vocational training for children and adults with disabilities, homework help center, and Ocean County Scouting.

Thanks to donors like you, we were able to support education programs in Ocean County that made a difference for:

  • 898 children and teens who were supported through youth mentoring programs.
  • 39 adults with disabilities who received supportive services in a residential setting.
  • Nearly 70 adults who participated in adult training programs.
  • 1392 children who received after-school and fitness services, with an additional 490 children and teens receiving educational supports and character building activities.