New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
Preparing the next generation of civic and community leaders to build healthier communities
Jewish Renaissance Foundation
Preparing the next generation of civic and community leaders to build healthier communities
Jewish Renaissance Foundation
Grant Award Amount

The Jewish Renaissance Foundation (JRF) will lead this three-year project, in which a total of 30 youth from Perth Amboy, ages 14-21, will receive guidance from trained community-based coaches, to better understand topics around population health, develop leadership skills, and implement self-designed projects to make their communities healthier. By the end of this project, the youth participants will have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to work with municipal governments, cross-sector coalitions focused on health, school boards, and other organizations to build healthier and more vibrant communities. The youth will also participate in a statewide alumni network to stay connected to their peers as they continue on their leadership paths and move into the next phases of their lives. To advance this work in Perth Amboy, JRF will partner with the NJHI-funded Culture of Health Coalition, the City of Perth Amboy, and the Health & Human Services Consortium to provide youth the opportunity to develop their civic engagement skills and be part of the decision-making process to tackle health adversities in a productive manner. These Perth Amboy youth represent one of 10 New Jersey communities supported by the NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders initiative.

The Perth Amboy team is partnering with Rutgers University to complete traffic safety audits, and addressing walkability to local parks and to determine the best routes and locations for the Raritan Bay Area YMCA mobile farmers’ market, also known as the “Veggie Van.” Follow the team’s progress on Instagram, plus

  • See an overview of all of the Next Generation Community Leaders teams’ summer projects here.
  • Get a statewide view of this work, and connect with the nearest team at #NJLeaders2030.


Emerging Leaders for a Healthier Community
Grant Recipient
Key Contact

Cecilia Gonzalez
Project Director
(732) 324-2114 x 128

Counties Served

Follow the latest news coverage regarding NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders: (2017, August 11).
NJ Spotlight. (2017, July 12).
SNJ Today. (2017, July 12).


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