From all of us at Middle Earth, we sincerely hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.

Our Response

These are unprecedented times, and we want you to know that we are taking unprecedented actions to continue to serve the youth in your community.

Our mission is more critical than ever; we just have to be flexible in how we achieve it. This generation of youth is one of the most tech-savvy, and we are using that to our advantage. All of our programs are operating remotely. Some of our programs are able to operate in-person with limited attendance.

Read some of our client's stories of success during the pandemic here!

Our Challenge

The coronavirus pandemic is having the unfortunate effect of reducing our income, just as our expenses are increasing with our staff working longer hours than ever to reach our youth. Many of our youth are at home alone all day without the structure of school and extracurricular activities to keep them engaged. You can spread hope and ensure programming is available during this crisis to help youth cope with anxiety and prepare for a bright future! Please consider making a financial contribution.

Together, as a community, we can get through this difficult time!

Information & Resources

The CDC has provided these helpful articles:

SAMHSA put together an excellent article, Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks.

Our blog offers tips to help teens see themselves as part of the solution during crisis.

Any teen who lives in Somerset County and needs help during the pandemic or wants to connect for positive activities online is invited to reach out to us! Call 908-725-7223, extension 19 or 21, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here are some great examples of how our mission is still being achieved from a safe distance:

  • We are operating a Virtual Community Center for all Somerset County youth as well as some in-person activities for Bound Brook students. Regardless of whether they are online or in-person, youth who visit our centers are being offered groups to connect with peers and staff, lessons in a variety of life skills, and activities that are very interactive and engaging in the areas of fitness, games, arts, and more.
  • Employment readiness programs are fully operating online. Students are able to learn workplace skills virtually and practice mock interviews with our staff online. Some of our students are able to attend job internships in person, and others are doing them virtually, but all of them are making great progress in the program.
  • Our afterschool programs are fully operational for the 2020-21 school year. Some school districts are allowing limited in-person activities, while other school districts are completely online. These programs, whether online or in-person, provide students very interactive activity clubs, homework help, and character development. Some of the engaging activities we have done with the students include soccer skills, yoga, dance, music, and arts and crafts!
  • We have created safe service projects for youth who need volunteer hours. Projects have included making cards for health care workers and elderly, park clean-up, and painting murals.
  • Tutoring and homework help is available online for all youth in every program.
  • Our Youth College Readiness Program is fully operational for the 2020-21 school year. Each school district determines whether programming will be in-person or online, but either way, our students are learning all of the same great content to prepare them for college.

Many of our youth are most at-risk for loneliness, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, and the pandemic has only heightened those concerns. We are HERE to continue connecting with our youth, caring for their well-being, and providing skills and HOPE for a bright future! Middle Earth is like a family looking out for each other. It is our honor to partner with you to raise our youth into responsible adults.