Safe And Positive Programs For Our Youth
MNDC’s Project Oasis program provides opportunities year round for 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, in partnership with Brother to Brother, is a free, six-week program for girls and boys between the ages of 8 - 18 residing in the Montclair and surrounding Essex County areas. The program operates at the Glenfield Campus, which consists of the Glenfield Park, Wally Choice Community Center, and Glenfield Middle School.
The primary focus of the Summer Oasis program is to give youth (especially those with limited alternatives during the summer) a fun, safe, positive, structured summer option. Certified teachers lead engaging, fun, and academically beneficial activities such as leisure reading and writing, workshops with knowledgeable adults on topics such as basic life skills and financial literacy, as well as games that strive to develop and strengthen their intellects and challenge their problem-solving abilities. Youth may also take advantage of the opportunity to build their talents and skills by participating in basketball and a photography group.
Summer Oasis is targeted to families with low to moderate incomes, however all are welcome to apply. To attend, participants must register and purchase a program t-shirt for $10. The 2019 season ran from Monday, July 1 - Friday, August 9, Monday - Friday from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Winter Oasis is an After School Program for elementary and middle school students that meets October 7 through June 19, Monday through Thursday from 2:45-6 p.m. at the Wally Choice Community Center, 49 Maple Avenue in Montclair. The children can do their homework, receive tutoring, make friends and have fun. The program focuses primarily on homework, studying and organizational skills. Students may also get help in core curriculum subjects and special programs. We thank Toni's Kitchen for providing the program with sandwiches and dessert. For more information, call Mrs. Guthrie at 973-744-9094 or 862-485-8470.
Project Oasis has been able to grow and accommodate an increased number of students each year through the generosity of the following MNDC funding and in-kind partners:
- Community Services Block Grant
- Community Development Block Grant Program
- Social Services for the Homeless
- Brother to Brother
- Montclair Board of Education
- Montclair Police Department
- Montclair Police Athletic League
- Essex County Parks & Recreation
- Montclair Anglers
- 4th Ward Collaborative
- Numerous individuals and organizations throughout Montclair and surrounding communities