In 2017, New Jersey Health Initiatives supported 10 youth-serving organizations across New Jersey to engage youth ages 14-21 and help them realize their potential as the next generation of community leaders. The first cohort of youth teams worked to improve health for their families, friends and neighbors by addressing summer hunger and increasing the percentage of youth receiving meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program; partnering with local food banks and community partners to create a better system for allocating food and communicating distribution locations; researching and evaluating chronic absenteeism from a youth perspective; partnering with school districts, local businesses and municipal leaders to raise awareness about environmental health; addressing traffic safety and enhancing walkability, advocating for increased mental health awareness and resources within schools, and more. “Next Generation Community Leaders: From the Youth Perspective” features alumni reflections from the first cohort of youth. In these candid interviews, they share how they’ve discovered their leadership potential while working to improve health in their communities, the impact of authentic adult-youth partnership and the relationships they’ve built with their coaches and teammates.
Next Generation Community Leaders: From the Youth Perspective features alumni reflections from the first cohort of youth.
Meet all 10 NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders grantee communities and learn more about each youth team: Atlantic City, Bound Brook, Bridgeton, Camden & Pennsauken, Elizabeth, Newark, Paterson, Perth Amboy, Secaucus and Trenton.
Browse resources for building a healthier community developed by the first-year Next Generation Community Leaders teams here.
Follow the alumni and the newest teams’ progress, and connect with the nearest team at #NJLeaders2030 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.