Project Oasis Summer Program was created out of concern about the academic achievement gap between African-American youth and their peers. It's a free, six-week summer program for Montclair Township teenagers, providing a safe, positive outlet and for young people for whom limited alternatives are available during the summer. The organized sports program has proven to be a major attraction of this program. Since starting in 1997 with 40 students, it has grown dramatically to serving about 150 youth annually. This success is a result of word of mouth promotion and overwhelming community support.
With Summer Oasis, students receive instruction each evening and then participate in organized sports. Certified teachers work with the students in the enrichment and tutorial sessions that are matched to each participant’s needs.
The 2017 program runs from June 26 - August 4 and meets at Glenfield Park in the Wally Choice Community Center and Glenfield Middle School. The Junior Division: 9 - 12 year olds meet on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Senior Division: 13 - 18 year olds meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All can play in the Essex County high school league on Fridays. The cost is $10 for the cost of a program t-shirt. Download our flyer or click here to register.
Girls may play in the basketball program or choose the Oasis Ladies Program which offers tennis.
Winter Oasis After School Program offers students in grades 4 - 8 a positive and safe environment where they can do their homework, receive tutoring, make friends and have fun. The program meets on school days from 3-6 p.m. at 11 Pine Street.
New this year is the 4-H STEM Program (science, technology, engineering and math) where students learn through various project-based sessions each day. The program is led by Gail Dunn, Director of Student Affairs.
Project Oasis has been able to grow and accommodate an increased number of students each year through the generosity of the following MNDC partners:
United Way of North Essex
Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence
Community Development Block Grant Program
Numerous individuals and organization throughout Montclair and surrounding communities
Montclair Police Department
Montclair Board of Education