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Spotlight on Education Buccino Leader: Matthew Ashburn  

reach out group pic 1The College of Education and Human Services is proud to shine a spotlight on First-Year, Secondary Education and Buccino Leadership Institute Student Matthew Ashburn.

Matthew is a founding board member of Reach Out!, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and young adults struggling with mental illness. "One of the great aspects of this organization," Matthew shared, "is that everyone on the board is either in high school or college ensuring that Reach Out! maintains a pulse on the mental health needs of young students."

Working closely with schools and local businesses, the organization has been able to provide children and young adults with mental health resources, anxiety reducing workbooks, books, art supplies, and fidget toys to help them de-stress.

Matthew Ashburn x320Reach Out! has been in existence for six months and already has served/donated items to over 60 schools with 20 schools currently on their waitlist.

Some of the schools served include:

  • Aaron Decker Elementary School 
  • Belvedere Elementary School 
  • Belvidere High School 
  • Black River Middle School 
  • Blairstown Elementary school 
  • Bragg Elementary School 
  • Butler Middle School 
  • Califon Public School 
  • Catherine. Dwyer School 
  • Center Grove Elementary School 
  • Central Elementary School 
  • Chester M. Stephens Elementary School 
  • Clinton Public School 
  • Clinton Township Middle School 
  • Cucinella Elementary School 
  • Dickerson Elementary School 
  • Dover High School
  • Eisenhower Middle School 
  • Fernbrook Elementary School 
  • Flocktown Elementary School 
  • Franklin Township School 
  • Great Meadows Middle School 
  • Hackettstown Middle School 
  • Hatchery Hill Elementary School 
  • High Bridge Middle School 
  • Homework Helpers 
  • Ironia Elementary School 
  • Jefferson Elementary School 
  • Katherine A Malone Elementary School 
  • Kennedy Elementary School 
  • Kossman Elementary School 
  • Lebanon Borough School 
  • Lincoln Elementary School 
  • Long Valley Middle School 
  • Lopatcong Elementary School 
  • Memorial Elementary School 
  • Mount Olive Middle School 
  • Mount Saint Mary's Academy
  • Mountain View Elementary School 
  • North Hunterdon High School
  • Old Farmers Road School 
  • Oxford township school 
  • Philipsburg Primary School 
  • Randolph High School 
  • Randolph Middle School 
  • Roosevelt Elementary School 
  • Roxbury High School 
  • Sandshore Elementary School 
  • Shongum Elementary School 
  • Stewartsville Middle School 
  • Taylor Street Elementary School
  • Tinc Road Elementary School 
  • Voorhees High School 
  • Warren County Technical School 
  • Warren Hills Regional School 
  • West Morris Central High School 
  • West Morris Mendham High School 

reach out kidsLong-term goals for Reach Out! include providing college scholarships to students who have struggled with mental illness and enhancing resources for school mental health services.

To help Reach Out! meet its goals of serving more children and young adults struggling with mental illness, “Become a Member” on or consider becoming a Business Sponsor.

If you are a school in need of resources, please request a donation here.

Categories: Faith and Service

For more information, please contact:

  • Omayra Arocho
  • (973) 761-9668