From all of us at Middle Earth, we sincerely hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.

Our Response

These are unprecedented times, and we want you to know that we are taking unprecedented actions to continue to serve the youth in your community.

Our mission is more critical than ever; we just have to achieve it with a new strategy - ONLINE! This generation of youth is one of the most tech-savvy, and we are using that to our advantage. All of our programs are operating remotely.

Here are some great examples of how our mission is still being achieved from a safe distance:

Our Challenge

The coronavirus pandemic is having the unfortunate effect of reducing our income, just as our expenses are increasing with our staff working longer hours than ever to reach our youth. Many of our youth are at home alone all day without the structure of school and extracurricular activities to keep them engaged. You can spread hope and ensure programming is available during this crisis to help youth cope with anxiety and prepare for a bright future! Please consider making a financial contribution.

Together, as a community, we can get through this difficult time!

Information & Resources

The CDC has provided these helpful articles:

SAMHSA put together an excellent article, Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks.

Our blog offers tips to help teens see themselves as part of the solution during crisis.

Any teen who lives in Somerset County and needs help during the pandemic or wants to connect for positive activities online is invited to reach out to us! Call 908-725-7223, extension 19 or 21, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Employment readiness programs are conducting mock interviews online or over the phone.
  • Youth who visit our centers are being offered online groups to connect with peers and staff and learn a variety of life skills.
  • Youth in our afterschool programs will have the opportunity to meet in their activity clubs online starting next week.
  • Tutoring is available for all youth in every program.
  • Our Youth College Readiness Program is conducting all of their workshops online, covering topics such as applying for financial aid and managing stress.
  • Staff is personally calling every family who has a youth in one of our mentoring programs to stay connected and offer care over the phone.
  • We have created service projects for youth who need volunteer hours that can be done at home.
  • Staff is still preparing youth who are working towards employment certifications or credentials through online meetings or phone calls.

Many of our youth are most at-risk for loneliness, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, and the pandemic has only heightened those concerns. We are HERE to continue connecting with our youth, caring for their well-being, and providing skills and HOPE for a bright future! Middle Earth is like a family looking out for each other. It is our honor to partner with you to raise our youth into responsible adults.