Boys and Girls Clubs in New Jersey 2016 Year in Review

BGCNJ Program of the Year – The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey’s Breathe Easier with Asthma Management (BEAM) Program

The Breathe Easier with Asthma Management (BEAM) program is an initiative of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey (BGCNJ). The Foundation created BEAM to raise awareness about asthma and to educate youth and their parents or caregivers about the disease and how best to manage it. BEAM was implemented in 16 Boys & Girls Club sites located in 12 NJ counties where childhood asthma is most prevalent. This program has served more than 5,000 Club youth to date. Based on an independent evaluation, key outcomes from the program include youth gaining and retaining knowledge about asthma, and parents altering behaviors to improve children’s asthma health. The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey provided $1.1 million in funding support over the past two years for the BEAM program.

BGCNJ New Jersey State Youth of the Year – exceptional New Jersey teens receive most prestigious honor

Congratulations to both New Jersey State Youth of the Year winners – Alexia L. from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Vineland, who won the 2016-17 Northeast Regional Youth of the Year, and Arianna S. from the Joint Base MDL-Ft Dix Youth Program, who won the 2016-2017 National Military Youth of the Year.

 BGCNJ Event of the Year – 2016 Concert for Kids a Great Success

On December 1st, the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey celebrated an inspirational evening at the 14th Annual Concert for Kids event filled with talented youth and moving stories about how Boys & Girls Clubs have had a life-changing impact on their lives. Recognized at the event were the 2016 Northeast Youth of the Year winner, Alexia L. from the Vineland Club, and National Military Youth of the Year, Arianna S. from the Joint Base Dix Youth Center, for their extraordinary stories of hope and achievement. Jonathan Sobel and Elizabeth Sudler Sobel, representing the Sobel Family Foundation and the Sudler Foundation, were honored for serving as champions of NJ Club youth for their generous commitment of $50,000 over the next five years  to support Youth of the Year scholarships. The 14th Annual Concert for Kids raised close to $160,000.

 This event would not have been possible without the generous support from the Sobel Family Foundation, Sudler Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Garden State Community Bank, Wakefern Food Corporation, Berson Family Supporting Foundation, KRE Group, MCJ Amelior Foundation, PNC, PSEG, Rosica Communications, TD Bank, Tristar Products, Comcast NBCUniversal, Dunn & Bradstreet, Fette Ford-Kia-Infiniti, William E. Johnston, Nicholas Martini Foundation, RWJ Barnabas Health, Sagner Family Foundation, Inserra ShopRite, Wells Fargo, Air Group, LLC, Bijou Properties, Robert Ingato, Joan Standish, Matters of Management,  Souder’s Law, LLC, Stop & Shop and Tycher Family Foundation.

Chris Rosica