Feature Story

Jackie (name changed to protect privacy) is a very hardworking and driven individual. She persevered through the pandemic to graduate from Franklin High School and even begin her collegiate studies at Kean University. Due to the pressure of the pandemic and personal struggles, she withdrew from Kean University and did not know what to do next. She felt like she was lacking support and was stuck in a moment of confusion and worry. 

Since joining Middle Earth’s Promise Plus, one of our employment readiness programs, she has obtained the support and guidance she needed. She has enrolled at Raritan Valley Community College and obtained a part-time job. Jackie is working with our staff to identify her goals, develop a plan, and learn vital life skills ranging from budgeting to positive coping strategies. She is passionate about pursuing a career in digital media, so we are currently working to connect Jackie with an internship in that field. Jackie is excited for the new trajectory of her life and is feeling hopeful again!

Funding for Promise Plus is provided in part by The Children’s Hope Initiative—Friends of Somerset County Youth.