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 will lead this three-year project, in which a total of 30 youth from Secaucus, 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 Secaucus, NCADD of Hudson County will partner with the city of Secaucus and the Secaucus Coalition for a Health and Drug-Free Community, and leverage 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.

The first team of Secaucus youth partnered with the school district and local businesses to create a composting center and a community awareness campaign to ensure the composting system would be sustainable beyond the summer. A new youth team is now working to develop and implement another meaningful community health project next summer. 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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