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
Urban Promise Ministries, Inc.
Active
Preparing the next generation of civic and community leaders to build healthier communities
Urban Promise Ministries, Inc.
2017
Active
Grant Award Amount
$200,000

Urban Promise Ministries is leading this three-year project, in which a total of 30 youth ages 14-21, from the Delaware Gardens neighborhood in Camden and Pennsauken, are receiving 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 Delaware Gardens, Urban Promise is partnering with Pennsauken Township, Healing 10, the District Council Collaborative Board to engage youth to strengthen their community and continue to serve as Youth Advisory Board members. These Camden and Pennsuken youth represent one of 10 New Jersey communities supported by the NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders initiative.

In the first grant year, a team of Camden and Pennsauken youth worked to implement crime prevention through environmental design strategies and in Summer 2018, partnered with PSEG, their mayors and local police to replace broken streetlights and beautify public spaces in their Delaware Gardens neighborhood. A new youth team is now working to develop another meaningful community health initiative and implement it in the summer of 2019. Follow the alumni and the newest 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
Contacts

Betsy McBride
Director, Delaware Gardens Neighborhood Initiative
(856) 661-1700

Counties Served

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

 

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