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
2017
Millhill Child & Family Development
Active
Preparing the next generation of civic and community leaders to build healthier communities
Millhill Child & Family Development
2017
Active
Grant Award Amount
$200,000

Millhill Child & Family Development will lead this three-year project, in which a total of 30 youth from Trenton, 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 Trenton, Millhill will partner with The College of New Jersey, the Trenton Prevention Policy Board, the City of Trenton, the Trenton Health Team and other citywide networks to guide youth in developing meaningful community health projects and establish a youth advisory board for the Trenton Prevention Policy Board. These Trenton youth represent one of 10 New Jersey communities supported by the NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders initiative.

The Trenton youth are focusing on mental health, particularly among teens. They are hosting a mental health awareness event, distributing resources throughout their community and beginning the process to formalize a youth advisory council that advocates for better mental health awareness within Trenton schools. Follow the team’s progress on Facebook, 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.
Project
Empowering Trenton through Youth Civic Engagement
Topics
Grant Recipient
Key Contact
Michelle Thompkins
Project Director
(609) 989-7333
Counties Served

Follow the latest news coverage regarding NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders:

Column: Festival to Take on Issues of Mental Health in Urban Areas
The Trentonian/ Parker, L.A. (2018, July 16).

Trenton’s Next Generation of Community Leaders and Hamilton Radio Host Greg Rapport Discuss the Work of Building a Healthier Community
Age-Out Angels Radio Hour on Hamilton Radio. (2018, May 24).

Millhill Kicks Off New Jersey Health Initiatives’ Next Generation Community Leaders Program with Youth Team Building Retreat. Millhill Child & Family Development Blog (2017, November 7).
NJ Spotlight. (2017, July 12).
SNJ Today. (2017, July 12).

View All: NJHI 2017: Next Generation Community Leaders