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Feeding the Bridgeton Community During a Pandemic

– In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, my fellow Next GEN Leaders and I began our mission to address food insecurity by developing surveys to determine which families that did not have transportation to the designated “Grab-and-Go” sites operated by…

Recognizing the Needs of Our Community

– Millville is a close-knit community where everyone knows each other. Because of this, we have a very strong coalition of community partners. We also have an amazing team of Community Builders who live and work with families in the neighborhood…

Getting through Rough Times

– With schools closed and interactions among peers replaced by social distancing, the Bridgeton Next GEN Leaders are participating in journaling exercises to remain connected to each other, to their coaches and to the community. Project Director and coach Nina Young…

Fighting Food Insecurity

– There are many health-related issues within my city, and as Bridgeton’s Next Generation Community Leaders (Next GEN Leaders), our team chose to target food insecurity. In Fall 2019, we visited downtown Bridgeton and set up tables with bags of fresh…

An Air of Resident-Driven Change in Millville

– There is an excitement in the air as residents come together to make changes in their community. Millville’s Center City residents have been meeting monthly to take on projects that will change the city’s environment. Given different project ideas, residents…

More Than Just A Meal – Making a Connection!

– The Next Generation Community Leaders program has become a very successful youth team that helps empower its community. Bridgeton’s group is well-known for our successful youth feeding sites. Every day in July, we visited six feeding sites and not only…

Be the Change Youth Group Takes Ownership in Millville

– Since its formation, Millville’s first community action group has taken ownership of their Little Free Libraries project. These teens have deemed themselves the “Be the Change” group. They are committed to being the driving force behind the installation of 10…

Millville Youth Form First Community Action Group

– Members of the Millville Neighborhood Alliance, through the support of New Jersey Health Initiatives’ Upstream Action Acceleration initiative, have been working with residents to identify, and advocate for, the needs of the community. A group of local teens who participate…

Keeping Our Streets Clean

– The Next Generation Community Leaders (NGCL) program has helped me develop my leadership skills. Our NGCL team attended a Bridgeton City Council Meeting and spoke to our Mayor, Albert B. Kelly. I was pretty nervous before I spoke before the…

My Trip to Philadelphia

– My Trip to Philadelphia My trip to the spring Next Generation Community Leaders retreat was like a vacation away from home, work, and school. Visiting Camden and Philadelphia with my Bridgeton teammates was very enjoyable in many ways, and for…