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
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
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