Urban Promise Ministries will lead this three-year project, in which a total of 30 youth ages 14-21, from the Delaware Gardens neighborhood in Camden and Pennsauken, 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 Delaware Gardens, Urban Promise will partner 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.
The Camden and Pennsauken team is lighting up their Delaware Gardens neighborhood by working with PSEG, their mayors and local police to replace broken streetlights and beautify public spaces. Follow the team’s progress on Facebook, plus