New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) will lead this three-year project, in which a total of 30 youth from Paterson, 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 Paterson, NJCDC will partner with the Passaic County Health Coalition, the NJHI-funded Passaic County Food Policy Council, the City of Paterson, the YMCA, Paterson Public Schools and others to engage youth representing a cross-section of the community to make a long-term impact on Paterson. These Paterson youth represent one of 10 New Jersey communities the NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders initiative.
Chief Program Officer