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
The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
Preparing the next generation of civic and community leaders to build healthier communities
The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
Grant Award Amount

The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City will lead this three-year project, in which a total of 30 youth from Atlantic City, 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 Atlantic City, the Boys & Girls Club will partner with the NJHI-funded CareAC Coalition to give youth participants the opportunity to engage with community service providers to improve a community-wide health issue. Other partners include the City of Atlantic City, Stockton University, AtlantiCare and the Atlantic City Board of Education. These Atlantic City youth represent one of 10 New Jersey communities supported by the NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders initiative.

The Atlantic City team is partnering with local food banks and the Care AC coalition to create a better system for allocating food and promoting food distribution locations. 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.
Grant Recipient
Key Contact
Natalie Devonish
Project Director
(609) 347-2697
Counties Served

Follow the latest news coverage regarding NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders:
NJ Spotlight. (2017, July 12).
SNJ Today. (2017, July 12).
Press of Atlantic City. (2017, July 12).

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