Safe And Positive Programs For Our Youth


MNDC’s Project Oasis program provides opportunities year round for at-risk children and youth to benefit from education and recreational opportunities in a positive environment. Started in 1997 out of concern for the achievement gap amongst African American youth, the program creates a safe and nurturing space that allows kids to enhance their life skills, improve their academics and make friends. Caring volunteers and staff mentor the youth while keeping them accountable and helping them to aspire to their potential.


Summer Oasis is a free, six-week program for Montclair Township teenagers who have limited alternatives during the summer. Students attend evening enrichment and tutorial sessions that are matched to their needs to improve their abilities in financial literacy, math, science, language arts, and life skills. They also divide into teams and enjoy competing against one another in basketball (a major attraction of this program). Since starting in 1997 with 40 students, Summer Oasis has grown dramatically to serving about 150 youth annually. This success is a result of word of mouth promotion and overwhelming community support.




Winter Oasis is an After School Program for students in grades 4 – 8 that meets on school days from 3-6 p.m. at 11 Pine Street. The children can do their homework, receive tutoring, make friends and have fun. New this year is the 4-H STEM Program (science, technology, engineering and math) where students learn through various project-based sessions each day. One any given day, students may be found immersed in various projects such as making a volcano and learning the science behind eruptions, or building a solar system to learn about heat transfer concepts. The program is led by Gail Dunn, Director of Student Affairs.

Project Oasis has been able to grow and accommodate an increased number of students each year through the generosity of the following MNDC partners:


  • United Way of North Essex
  • Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence
  • Community Services Block Grant
  • Community Development Block Grant Program
  • Social Services for the Homeless
  • Montclair Board of Education
  • Comcast
  • Numerous individuals and organizations throughout Montclair and surrounding communities


  • Montclair Police Department
  • Montclair Board of Education


Project Oasis Brochure

Summer Oasis Packet

Winter Oasis Packet