The Maximilian Foundation is Southern Ocean County’s Anchor of Prevention! Our mission is to support programs that prevent self-destructive behaviors created by adolescent insecurities; strengthening the education of our young people by nourishing character, building confidence, and growing the life skills needed to sustain better choices. Current programs that we are able to support:
STYLE: Our featured program, STYLE (Student Team-Building Youth Leadership Experience), is a Southern Regional High School peer-to-peer mentoring program that educates 7th-12th graders about why young people make poor life choices and provides life skills to allow them to help other students to make positive life choices.
Project Aware imparts substance abuse education through real-life simulation. This program has been in Stafford elementary schools since 1999. We recently partnered with Hackensack Meridian Health to bring this program to Tuckerton, Eagleswood and Little Egg Harbor Township elementary schools in 2018. And, it has been approved for expansion to more Ocean County schools in 2019.
STEERED Straight Assemblies: Steered Straight’s mission for the younger set is to make good choices and to stay on the right path by building personal character, learning about judgment/stereotyping, self-esteem, bullying and tolerance. The assemblies will be tailored to the age of the audience
MIST (Mindfulness-Infusion for Students & Teachers) launched in Barnegat elementary schools this fall and has been well received. Mindfulness is an achieved mental state to reduce anxieties and stay calm which helps kids prepare for learning, build self-awareness and self-esteem.
These programs impact over 3200 students each school year. Would you consider a $5 monthly donation? In one year, your contribution will impact 5 young people! Click here to donate!
Other Supported Programs
Project Graduation: We provide financial support to Southern Regional School District’s project graduation which provides a safe, drug and alcohol free celebration on graduation night.
Lotus Project: The Lotus Project offers a voice and support through art expression. We are committed to providing a safe place to seek self care, comfort and empowerment for family & friends loving someone struggling with addiction. The Maximilian Foundation supports the Lotus Project by allowing the organization to utilize our space to hold Art Wellness Workshops. Workshops are free and open to all in need of support. Workshops are possible through volunteers, fundraisers, and private donations. Workshops are offered in various spots in Southern Ocean County. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships: We provide two $250 Scholarships. One is awarded to a student that excelled in the STYLE program. The other is awarded to a student that is not in the STYLE program that has excelled in any aspect of high school (not just good grades) and has exhibited leadership qualities. Both scholarships can be used for any type of post-secondary education.
Community events: We attend many community events such as Stafford Township Touch-A-Truck, Stafford Township Founders’ Day, the Ship Bottom Christmas Parade, Southern Ocean County Chamber Pop UP events, Hooked on Fishing, National Nite out, Chowderfest Merchant Mart, Sprint for Life, Ocean County Substance Abuse Summit, Cruisin’ for a Cure (David’s Dream & Believe), LBI Rotary Events, Kiwanis Events, and the Southern Ocean Medical Center Lights of Life! Come and see us!