PRAB offers a range of social services designed to empower people on the road to self-sufficiency. We offer these services in a sensitive, bilingual environment designed to encourage people to get the help they need.
After School (Tutoring/Mentoring)
The After School Program’s goal is to improve students’ grades by a minimum of one grade level in addition to providing youth with the opportunity to engage in activities that develop positive attitudes, behaviors, and skills. This is accomplished through a curriculum focused on academic tutoring and mentoring. The students receive assistance from bilingual and multicultural academic tutors and mentors. After school services are offered to elementary and middle school students in New Brunswick.
Healing Through the Arts: Artists Mentoring Against Racism Summer Program (AMARDV)
The AMARDV Summer Program helps central New Jersey at–risk youth between the ages of 10 and 16 to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding about the performing and visual arts through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes hands–on learning and art making, mentored by professional teaching artists in a community–based setting. The goal is to empower young people to transform their lives, their attitudes about themselves, and their community, as well as develop skills that equip them for a successful education and a healthy future. Applications for the summer program are available beginning in May.
AMARDV is a partnership between Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Community Health Promotion Program, Rutgers University Latino Center for Arts and Culture, PRAB, and Suydam Street Reformed Church in New Brunswick.
Project Connect engages at-risk youth in available community programs, thereby reducing anti-social criminal behavior and gang involvement. Both at-risk and court-involved New Brunswick youth are eligible to participate in Project Connect, with the aim of preventing first-time or additional engagement with the juvenile justice system. This process is managed through the Case Conferencing Group that meets on a monthly basis. The group is comprised of representatives from the various community sectors such as law enforcement, the school, faith-based, and other social service providers.
New Brunswick School Based Youth Services
PRAB serves as a key partner with New Brunswick Tomorrow, the lead agency, in providing School Based Youth Services to students in the City of New Brunswick. Located at the High School, Middle School and 4 Elementary schools in New Brunswick, PRAB staff provides individual, group counseling, case management, job placement, and recreation activities.
Parent Infant Care Center
The Parent Infant Care Center (PIC-C), a partnership between PRAB, New Brunswick Tomorrow and the New Brunswick Board of Education, provides on-site day care, case management and counseling services for teen mothers attending New Brunswick High School and their child. PIC-C empowers teen mothers to continue their education and graduate.
Youth Intervention and Mentoring Program
The Youth Intervention and Mentoring program targets greater New Brunswick at risk youth between the ages of 13 to 16 years old who are gang involved or are exhibiting behavior related to gang lifestyles. The goal of the program is to provide a comprehensive community based intervention designed to effectively mitigate risk factors that foster gang involvement. The intervention component consists of weekly group sessions for 26 weeks aimed at encouraging youth to think, to engage in self-reflection and self-expression and to appreciate themselves and others. After the completion of the group component, youth will be paired with a mentor who will serve as a positive role model, friend, and resource. The mentoring component will provide youth with an opportunity to foster a strong, positive, and dynamic relationship with a caring adult. The mentor/mentee will build their relationship by planning and participating in activities together over a period of six months.
Please contact PRAB Headquarters at (732) 828-4510 for details about programs.
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