The Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County led this one-year project focused on building a healthier Asbury Park by cultivating its future leaders. A team of 15 youth ages 13-18 received 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 were recruited from 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 developed 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 partnered 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.
During the grant year, a team of Asbury Park youth worked to address summer hunger. In Summer 2018, the team opened and operated a new feeding site within the community. Follow a recap of the team’s work on Twitter, plus
Asbury Park Sets Out on Ambitious Program to Improve Health
Asbury Park Press/Diamond, M. (2018, January 16).