The Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition (CCPYDC) is a county-wide juvenile delinquency prevention effort funded by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and Cumberland County Freeholders. Started in the city of Vineland in 2009, the Coalition expanded to Bridgeton and Millville in 2013. The Coalition brings together stakeholders from a number of sectors including education, law enforcement, social services, faith-based institutions, and youth-serving organizations in order to reduce juvenile delinquency and prevent those already involved in the juvenile system from becoming involved in the adult criminal justice system.

Staffing and technical assistance is provided to the Coalition by the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University – Camden.

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June is Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Month in Cumberland County.

For recognizing June as Gun Safety and Violent Awareness Month with us! Our June 2019 events attracted over 700 community members, and our social media campaign reached 16,511 individuals. Sharing knowledge about gun safety and preventing gun violence makes our community a stronger and safer place to live, work, play, and visit!

Summer Programs for Youth 

At times we may hear that there is nothing for our youth to do while school is out. Well, that just isn’t true! This summer Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland will be hosting Play Streets and Pop-up Play Streets throughout the month of July and into August. Please see the flyer below for more information:

What is Play Streets?

During the summer of 2016, CCPYDC started to implement Play streets in our area. First starting in Millville, then moving to all three major municipalities in Cumberland County. Play Streets has been a staple for all  County Youth during the Summer for the past two years. Interestingly enough, CCPYDC learned of the idea for Play Streets from the history of NYC. Play Streets originated in New York City in 1914. Play Streets has since grown to be an initiative that promotes physical activity and provide high quality safe spaces for children to interact socially during the summer. Play streets is also a great way for residents and community organizations to get involved in their neighborhood. Each summer members of CCPYDC in each of the three major municipalities in Cumberland County host Play Streets for 4 to 6 weeks every Friday. By promoting safe and secure environments for the youth of Cumberland County during the summer, we hope to decrease juvenile delinquency.

This year we will also be hosting Pop – Up Play Streets for the very first time. Pop-up Play Streets will be held in a number of local public housing communities in each municipality throughout July. These events are one day only events for a shorter about of time than our normal Play Streets. However, they are just as fun!

Come out and enjoy the Sun with your local community members.

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