Programs & Services
B.A.B.E.S: Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies (BABES) is a primary prevention program designed to build assets and teach life skills to the second grade children of Edison. There are six lessons taught once per week in individual classrooms. Each lesson is designed to be taught within a normal class period (45 minutes). Weekly homework as well as educational sheets to keep parents informed are provided at the conclusion of each lesson. The BABES Program is conducted in approximately 59 second grade classes each school year impacting nearly 1,500 students.
Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a parenting and family skills training program that consists of 10 weekly skill-building sessions. The program operates for 2 ½ hours per session with approximately 10 families participating. After a family dinner, separate groups are held for children and parents, then the families return together to practice the skill building lessons learned that day. A minimum of three (3) programs are run each school year in the Edison Township Elementary Schools.
Summer Outreach Program: The Summer Outreach Program consists of approximately 25-30 adolescents aged 9-14 that have been identified as at risk by their respective schools. These children are invited to participate in a 4-week summer program that includes 8 recreational trips, each preceded by prevention/educational programming focusing on key topics such as suicide prevention, anti-bullying, healthy snacking, gateway drugs, and drug jeopardy.
BRIDGES Program: Building Relationships In Diversified Groups of Edison Students, is an adolescent health promotion, education, and prevention project. The program has approximately 35-40 adolescents between the ages of 14-18 in grades 9-12 at JP Stevens High School participate. Intervention and prevention strategies focus on behavioral, emotional, and cognitive skills development. The program encourages interpersonal communication skills, time management, and creative thinking skills, academic reinforcement and enhancement, in addition to brief counseling services as needed. For the past four years, students from the BRIDGES program have been participating in the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission Arts Project for which the EMA has continued to receive grant funding.
Edison Family Day: Family Day is a community outreach event that has been organized through the Municipal Alliance for over 25 years. This event is designed to bring together individuals, families, and community resources (capacity building) to promote awareness about substance abuse including underage drinking and alcoholism in addition to violence prevention and overall wellness.