R.A.I.S.E. Evening Program
A. I. S. E.
Reasonable Alternative To Incarceration Through Self-Esteem
The purpose of the RAISE Evening Program is to
provide a safe environment for all participants during afternoon and early
evening hours, which are high risk time periods in young adult lives. The
following are the components of the RAISE Evening Program:
High School Completion
All efforts are made to have the participants successfully graduate from high
school. The RAISE staff works closely with the high schools throughout Ocean
County to monitor our participants’ progress towards this ultimate and
For those participants who have terminated their high school education, The
RAISE Evening Program offers preparation for the new High School Equivalency
Exam (formerly known as the GED) through the St. Francis Community Center. Once
the preparation has been completed, arrangements are made for the participants
to take the High School Equivalency Exam.
The RAISE Evening Program
has a strong bond with Ocean County College. Participants who graduate
from high school or successfully pass the High School Equivalency Exam
are referred to Ocean County College to begin their post-secondary
education. The RAISE staff assists these participants in completing the
forms necessary to apply for financial aid.
Vocational / Technical Educational Enhancement
A strong partnership exists between the RAISE Evening Program and the Ocean
County Vocational Technical Schools. RAISE participants engage in three classes
each month at the Brick Center in the areas of Culinary Arts, Construction
Trades and Auto Mechanics. These monthly classes provide RAISE participants the
opportunity to experience these programs with actual OCVTS staff members. RAISE
participants have been so motivated by these classes that they actually
enrolled at OCVTS on a shared- time or post-secondary basis. The OCVTS
Evaluation Team comes to the RAISE site to meet with interested participants
and administers the pre-qualifying tests for the various programs.
Participants that have been assigned Community Service hours by the courts, can
complete these required house at the RAISE Evening Program. Participants engage
in meaningful vocationally oriented tasks to fulfill their required hours. This
allows them to gain various skills, which may lead to possible future
employment. Accurate records of completed hours are kept and reported to the
The RAISE Evening Program is totally committed to helping participants develop
life skills necessary to live productive, healthy lives. The new RAISE
Expansion Program helps participants deal with Substance Abuse issues by
working with certified counselors.
RAISE participants also engage in these
vital Life Skill areas as part of their daily routine: Basic Woodworking, Basic
Auto, Basic Culinary Arts, and Work Readiness. The RAISE staff assists the
participants in both job searches and job interview preparation.