The Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County is leading this one-year project focused on building a healthier Asbury Park by cultivating its future leaders. A team of 15 youth ages 13-18 are receiving guidance from trained community-based coaches to better understand topics around population health, develop leadership skills and implement a self-designed project to improve health in their community. Youth participants are being recruited from all niches of the Asbury Park and Neptune communities, and include those who may not always be engaged in leadership opportunities but display the potential to be future leaders. 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 the NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders 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 Asbury Park, the Boys & Girls Clubs will partner with the NJHI-funded Building a Healthier Asbury Park Coalition to give youth participants the opportunity to engage with community service providers to improve a community-wide health issue.
Unit Director, Asbury Park