School-Based Services

The Available School Youth Services Support Team (ASYSST) is the school-based youth services program operated by Mercer Council and housed at Ewing High School! ASYSST is a School-Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) and is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJ DCF).


SBYSP-ASYSST helps Ewing High School students navigate their high school years. We empower and equip students to accomplish their goals and become academically successful through mental health counseling, positive youth development and other support services.

“ASYSST is a place where you can be yourself around others.”


ASYSST is a safe space where students can talk openly. We offer an environment that is convenient and comfortable, and provide confidential assistance to students. (We will not disclose your private information to anyone without your expressed written consent, except where disclosure is required by law).

“I feel alive, very safe and like I matter in here.”
— Victor Serna

Services Include:

Short-term Counseling & Coaching Services

Short-term counseling is available for Ewing High School students through SBYSP-ASYSST services. Coaching services include employment counseling and learning support.

Recreational & After-School Groups

Black Student Alliance (BSA), Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), Gaming/Anime Club, Homework Club, Brothers of a New Direction (B.O.N.D.), Sisters of a New Generation (S.O.N.G.)

Trips & Enrichment Activities

Join ASYSST for opportunities to attend local college tours, take field trips, and participate in annual community service events.

Summer Camp

ASYSST offers a free 5-week summer enrichment camp that engages rising 9th graders and all students at Ewing High School. Camp trips include Funzilla, Dave & Busters, Funplex, and the Princeton-Blairstown Center’s Leadership and Social Development Camp!

Summer Camp applications go live between mid-March and early April. Stay tuned for more information on ASYSST Summer Camp 2024!

Parental consent forms are required for all SBYSP-ASYSST services and can be found in ASYSST Room 100, the EHS Main Office, or online by downloading our program brochure. For more information on any of our services, please reach out to our program staff.

“ASYSST is the best part about attending Ewing High! If we weren’t in a school building, you would’ve thought you were relaxing with family. You can’t resist A.S.Y.S.S.T!”
— Nigi


Program Staff

Shakita Johnson, BA, CD, PCD, CPS
Interim Program Director | ext. 2173

The Youth Development Specialist assists with developing, coordinating, and facilitating programs that increase protective factors to foster healthy youth development. Ms. Johnson facilitates group activities and lessons that are determined by the needs of students in order to serve them most appropriately.

Ian Smith, MA, LPC
Mental Health Clinician | ext. 2171

The Mental Health Clinician provides short-term individual and group counseling, to students and their families, providing outside referrals when needed. Mr. Smith helps to provide programming for students and staff that focus on various aspects of mental health and the healthy development of the students.

Ewing High School
900 Parkway Avenue
Ewing Township, NJ 08628