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Learn about Collier School, an alternative school in Monmouth County for youth with behavioral and mental health challenges
Jillian Gletow

Collier School Newsletter--learn about Collier School, an alternative school for kids with mental and behavioral health challenges such as but not limited to ADHD; anxiety; autism; depression; discouragement/low motivation; mood, attention, or adjustment difficulties; oppositional/defiant behavior; poor socialization sills/isolation; school phobia/avoidance.

Congrats to Collier High School Drama Students and Staff!!
Jillian Gletow

We are so proud of the students and staff of the Collier High School Drama team! They received NINE nominations for the 2022 Montclair Theatre Night Awards! Please join us in congratulating all of them on their great work!

 

John B: Outstanding Actor in a Period Comedic Play, "The Importance Of Being Earnest"

 

Grant G: Outstanding Actor in a Period Comedic Play, "The Importance Of Being Earnest"

 

Alex B: Outstanding Actor in a Period Comedic Play, "The Importance Of Being Earnest"

 

Cast: Outstanding Acting Ensemble in a Period Comedic Play, "The Importance Of Being Earnest"

 

Cast- Outstanding Acting Ensemble in a Virtual Musical, "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown"

 

Dr. Penna: Outstanding Production of a Period Comedic Play, "The Importance Of Being Earnest"

 

Dr. Penna: Outstanding Production of a Virtual Musical, "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown"

 

Dr. Penna: Joanne Fox Educator Award

 

Dr. Penna: Outstanding Dramaturgy, "The Importance Of Being Earnest"

Breaking Ground for the Playground!
Jillian Gletow

It’s happening!! The collier inclusive playground is being built!! We are so excited for it to be complete so our youth can use it!

It’s happening!! The collier inclusive playground is being built!! We are so excited for it to be complete so our youth can use it!

 

 

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Erin P. Alburtus

Mamma Mia!- Thursday April 7th at 7pm.

Summary: 

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

Director's Note:

ABBA was one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, delivering a decade’s worth of hits between the mid-70s and mid-80s. The Swedish group, which consisted of two married couples, burst onto the scene with Waterloo in 1974, and became widely known for their energetic music and bright, colorful costumes. Turning their hits into a jukebox musical (a musical consisting of well- known popular music, often by one artist or group) was the idea of producer Judy Craymer, who met songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in 1983. 

In 1997, Craymer commissioned Catherine Johnson to write the book for the musical, and Mamma Mia! was born. The show opened on the West End in 1999, and eventually opened on Broadway in 2001, where it enjoyed a nearly four-year run. 

Mamma Mia! is all the things a good jukebox musical should be--light, fun, colorful, and a little bit raucous. Coincidentally, those are some of the things we all need a bit of in our lives these days. Bringing this show to life with this cast and crew has truly been the highlight of my days the past three and a half months. The students have stepped up the plate and pushed themselves in many ways, dancing, singing and just having fun. I believe it has brought us all a taste of something “normal” in what has been an extremely challenging 2 years for students and teachers alike. 

I have been so proud of these students and their commitment to protecting this performance opportunity. I know so many of them, like me, will never again take for granted the opportunity to perform together, to feel the energy onstage, and to bring a performance to life. 

Never have we ever been so grateful that you can join us! We hope this show makes you smile, and maybe sing and dance a little bit, too! Thank you for coming. 

-Dr. Penna

FirstEnergy Foundation Helping Collier House Residents Reach Their Potential
Jillian Gletow

Collier Youth Services and Collier House are proud to partner with the FirstEnergy Foundation! This generous grant addresses transportation needs helping the residents of Collier House get to and from work and school.

Collier Youth Services and Collier House are proud to partner with the FirstEnergy Foundation! This generous grant addresses transportation needs helping the residents of Collier House get to and from work and school.

Collier House, located in Keyport, NJ, opened in 2007 after witnessing a harrowing trend of young women in desperate need of additional in-depth counseling and safe housing upon aging out of traditional shelter services and the foster care system. 

Collier House strives to improve the quality of life for these young women by offering a safe place to live and access to therapeutic counseling, education, employment training, financial literacy, and mentorship. The program also addresses the basic human needs of food and shelter. In a compassionate and structured environment, the Collier House provides young women with the tools to develop essential life skills and heal from past trauma. If not for Collier House, these young women would end up homeless or victims of sex trafficking. 
 
There are two major parts of the residents’ life skills training. The first is receiving their high school diploma. Residents who have not received a diploma are required to either continue their education through GED courses or at a local high school. Once they receive their high school diploma, they can continue their education. The majority of young women opt to attend the local community college or go to vocational school. 
 
The second part is employment. Each resident is required to work full-time, go to school full-time, or a combination of the two part-time. Residents work with counselors to create resumes, learn how to apply to jobs, and interview skills. Employment is secured within the local community where the young women learn valuable skills such as professionalism, time management, goal setting, scheduling, self-advocacy, and troubleshooting. 
 
The benefits of employment are critical in helping to create real-life scenarios to teach money management, aid in socialization skills, boost their self-esteem and self-worth, develop connections with meaningful adults, and support their healing process. Ultimately, obtaining permanent employment puts them on the path to becoming successful adults.
 
Though the home is staffed twenty-four hours a day, the counselors are not always available to take each resident to school or work. This results in some of the young women taking the bus or train. Collier and the residents of Collier House are thrilled to utilize the funding from FirstEnergy to help offset the cost of transportation to and from work and school so that these young women can continue their employment and studies.

Thank you, FirstEnergy Foundation, for your investment in Collier Youth Service and the Collier House residents as they move beyond their personal challenges to negotiate a safe passage to self-sufficient adulthood!