Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program will lead this three-year project, in which a total of 30 youth from Bound Brook, 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 Bound Brook, Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program will partner with Middle Earth, an at-risk youth service provider, and the NJHI-funded Healthier Somerset Coalition provide youth a robust experience, quipping them to work toward building a healthier Bound Brook. These Bound Brook youth represent one of 10 New Jersey communities supported by the NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders initiative.
The Bound Brook team is addressing traffic safety and enhancing their walkable community by installing parklets and murals along Hamilton Street. Follow the team’s progress on Twitter, plus
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