Alternative Education Institute

Alternative Education Institute

The Alternative Education Institute (AEI) is a youth serving program that assists court involved, formerly incarcerated and disconnected youth between the ages of 16-26 reconnect with their communities. AEI engages young people who are neither working nor in school, in service and service learning opportunities.

The AEI program is a comprehensive educational program delivered in a non-traditional learning environment. Located within Perth Amboy, the AEI program utilizes partnerships with Middlesex County Probation, Perth Amboy Police, Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program (JISP), and Middlesex County Council for Children’s Services, Middlesex County Board of Social Services, and the Juvenile Justice Commission (JCC) Parole and Aftercare Division. AEI also accepts referrals from our community partners, the immigrant community, the National Literacy Directory, as well as self-referrals.

The AEI Program focuses on increasing academic readiness and improving life skills through emphasizing three components: Academics, Career, and Leadership. The AEI academic curriculum focuses on Math, Social Studies, Science, English, Reading, and Writing. Students receive academic instruction to help prepare them to take the TASC or HiSet test to achieve their New Jersey State High School Diploma. Students also participate in developing career plans, completing community service, and community development. Common program activities include: college admissions counseling; career counseling; assistance with financial aid forms; college application help; college campus visits; career shadowing; tutoring; college entrance exam preparation; study skills workshops; financial literacy; and empowerment workshops. AEI provides students with mentorship, interventions, supportive workshops, advocacy, and case management for participants.

Career Development

Participants will focus on developing a career plan and develop action steps to achieve their goals.

Leadership Development

Participants will focus on character and community development. They will learn how to use their leadership skills to make changes in their lives and their neighborhoods.


  • Accepts Male and Female Students 
  • Eligibility 16-26
  • Not in school
  • Not working during the hours required to attend classes between 10:00am-3:00p

Training Site

149 Kearny Ave, 2nd Floor, Perth Amboy NJ

More Information Contact:

Program Coordinator, 
Betsy Rodriguez at 732-324-2114 ext. 100 or

Previous Funding

NJ Division of Criminal Justice
Perth Amboy Alliance for Community
Robert Wood Johnson’s NJ Health Initiative
The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program (NRTC)