Next Generation Community Leaders: Secaucus

In 2017, LMTI and its parent agency, Partners in Prevention, was awarded a grant from New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to be a part of the Next Generation Community Leaders program.  As one of only 10 grant recipients in the state, for the next three years, LMTI will be working with youth from their hometown of Secaucus to help them develop the skills and experience they need to make positive changes in their community. Students work together to identify a public health issue in their town and then develop an Action Plan to address that issue.  Students spend the summer as employees of Partners in Prevention in order to implement their Plan.  Click here for more info!

Salem County Prevention Initiative

Through a grant from the Salem County Health and Wellness Foundation, LMTI works with students in Salem County to help them develop leadership skills and understand effective prevention methodology.  After attending the Summer Leadership Conference, Salem County students receive advanced leadership training in order to implement county-wide prevention programming. Through the “Please I.D. Me” and “Please Don’t Risk It” campaigns, students work with alcohol vendors and parents, respectively, to help reduce youth access to alcohol.

County Snapshots

In partnership with the Bergen County Department of Health Services, the Bergen County Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the Bergen County Prevention Coalition, LMTI helps to oversee the implementation of the “County Snapshots” program.  This county-wide prevention effort involves the Bergen County Youth Task Force, a diverse group of high school students from throughout the county, in conducting environmental scans of their communities in order to help inform prevention efforts of local Municipal Alliances.  Students use their cell phones to capture photos that highlight positive actions against alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, as well as challenge areas.