CCPYDC would like to congratulate its graduating high school student representatives, Sarah-Filippi-Field and Tyler Kott!
Sarah Filippi-Field, who has served on the Coalition for two years, recently graduated from Vineland High School. She worked with the Vineland Breakout Group and assisted the Group’s Realities of Technology Campaign. She aided in conducting focus groups, researching the legal implications of sexting, and presented her research to other high school students, asking them to create a PSA from the information she gathered. Sarah will be attending Rutgers University-Camden in the fall. She continues her commitment to CCPYDC by volunteering at least once a week at WRI to help move the Coalition forward. Thank you Sarah!
Tyler Kott, the County Breakout Group student representative, recently graduated from Cumberland Regional High School. He joined the Coalition in September 2015 and helped with the County Breakout Group’s Gun Safety and Violence Awareness efforts. He served on the Gun Safety and Violence Awareness High School Public Service Announcement Contest Sub-Committee, providing helpful insight into what would be the best strategy to engage high school students. Tyler will be attending Rutgers University-New Brunswick in the fall. We will miss Tyler, but he has recruited a fellow Cumberland Regional High School student to take his place on the County Breakout Group. Thanks for all your help!
The youth participating in CCPYDC’s Youth For Success Program recently visited FOX 29 in Philadelphia. The group appeared on Good Day Philadelphia and learned about how to burn calories doing outdoor activities.
This summer, a group of Bridgeton youth are working for the summer feeding initiative and being paid to help feed community members. With the help of New Jersey Health Initiatives, these youth are also receiving leadership training and learning how to live a healthy lifestyle.
The CCPYDC is very proud of these youth and pleased to see them continuing the Coalition’s work on summer feeding!
“BRIDGETON — After the kids were done playing soccer for the Bridgeton Police Athletic League, area teens arrived with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, water ice, apples and cheese sticks.
“Bridgeton Youth: Helping to Feed, Learning to Lead,” states the teens’ shirts.
During the school year, many Bridgeton kids are given free meals at their schools but, once the summer hits, the children are left without the nutrition they need.
Some motivated teens are working for the Bridgeton Youth Leadership Group are working to help educate area families about the Summer Food Service Program, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-supported program that feeds eligible children while school is not in session.”
June is officially Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Month in Cumberland County thanks in part to the Boys and Girls Club of Vineland. On July 20th, Lauren Snow, Senior Project Assistant, and Shelby Tucker, Project Assistant, visited the Boys and Girls Club of Vineland to present staff and youth certificates of appreciation on behalf of CCPYDC members and WRI. The Boys and Girls Club was heavily involved in the County Breakout Group’s Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Initiative. Club members attended municipal meetings across Cumberland County to ask council members to designate June as Gun Safety and Violence Awareness Month.