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Prepping for an Unusual Summer During a Pandemic

Summer 2020 will be unlike any summer your child has ever experienced. Many plans and activities have changed or been cancelled due to fears of spreading COVID-19. Part-time jobs for teens are in short supply. Parents fret over whether sports, pools, theme parks, and other amusements are safe. Camps and youth programs are cancelled or moved to online. Many vacation

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4 Reasons Teens Should Look for a Summer Job

Many teens are torn about whether they want to get a summer job. Some want to earn their own money, while others would rather spend their summer focusing on extracurricular activities or downtime. Some worry that they simply won’t be able to find a job. While every family’s situation is different, there are some very good reasons for us to

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School-Based Services

Middle Earth partners with local schools to guide teens toward responsible adulthood. Research and studies say that children who participate in structured afterschool programs are more likely to: improve their grades, behave in school, develop better social skills, refuse alcohol and drugs, have higher self-confidence, avoid criminal or risky behavior, and have higher aspirations for their future. Middle Earth provides

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Mentoring

One of the many things a child needs to develop into a responsible adulthood is a caring person who can see their potential. Studies consistently show that mentoring teens really works. The reported benefits of high quality, one-on-one mentoring are that youth: were less likely to initiate drug and alcohol use, were less likely to hit someone, skipped fewer days

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Ways High School Students Can Get Extracurricular Activities During the Pandemic

For many teens, the pandemic has shut down or cancelled many extracurricular activities that are so critical to the college admissions process. With no school clubs, part-time jobs, volunteer projects, or sports, how are high school students going to get the experience colleges seem to prioritize? Never fear! There are actually lots of ways for teenagers to build their college

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Great Summer Jobs for Youth

A part-time job is an excellent and constructive use of teens’ free time during the summer break. The benefits of summer employment include: earning spending money, obtaining valuable work experience for a resume, learning time management skills, developing new confidence and independence, gaining workplace skills to be more marketable in the future, and providing the opportunity for your teen to

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Our Staff

Administrative Staff Maria StradaExecutive Directormstrada@middleearthnj.org908-725-7223 ext 412 Maria Strada has been with Middle Earth since 1997, first as a Program Director and then becoming Executive Director in 2012. She has a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree from Montclair University. Prior to Middle Earth, Maria worked in the Somerset County Office of Youth Services, and she worked with

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Research Shows Binge Drinking a Major Problem for Teens

Binge drinking is defined as having four or more alcoholic drinks during a two- to three-hour period. Typically, someone who is binge drinking is not looking to just relax or have fun at a party; they are seeking the “high” of intoxication. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that almost 60% of high school students who drink alcohol

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Should 2020 High School Seniors Commit to College During Pandemic?

Typically each Spring, high school seniors respond back to colleges letting them know if they plan to attend in the Fall. But 2020 isn’t a typical year. In light of the pandemic, many colleges have extended their acceptance deadlines, waived deposit requirements, and have offered more spots to students on wait lists. Colleges are facing big drops in enrollment and

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