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
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Hudson County
Active
Preparing the next generation of civic and community leaders to build healthier communities
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Hudson County
2017
Active
Grant Award Amount
$200,000

NCADD of Hudson County is leading this three-year project, in which a total of 30 youth from Secaucus, ages 14-21, 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 Secaucus, NCADD of Hudson County is partnering with the City of Secaucus and the Secaucus Environmental Department, and leveraging its relationships with law enforcement, schools and other sectors to engage and equip youth to create positive change. These Secaucus 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 Secaucus youth worked to raise awareness about environmental health by partnering with the Secaucus Environmental Department’s Green Business Initiative, the school district and local businesses to create a composting system that would be sustainable beyond Summer 2018. 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 Instagram, 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.
Project
Secaucus Next Generation Community Leaders
Topics
Grant Recipient
Contacts

Jamie Sierfeld
LMTI Supervisor
(201) 552-2264

Counties Served

View the public service announcement the first Secaucus team produced in partnership with the Secaucus Environmental Department.

Follow the latest news coverage regarding NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders:
Institute for Local Self-Reliance Trains Teen Leaders on the Basics of Composting
ILSR blog/ Streeter, V. (2018, July 26).
NJ.com. (2017, August 5).
Hudson Reporter. (2017, July 16).
NJ Spotlight. (2017, July 12).
SNJ Today. (2017, July 12).

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