Good health and educating youth in local government are the focus of two new city initiatives being led by Mayor John Moor.
The first will be a Mayor’s Wellness Committee, now seeking members to promote good health, events, activities and programs.
Basically it is a committee to help the city and its residents commit to a healthy lifestyle,” Moor said. “A lot of of other towns have it and it will help with obtaining grants further down the road.”
The second will be a Youth Council program aimed at educating students on how local government runs.
Both initiatives, Moor said, were launched out of the early January Call to Collaboration Creative Asbury Park, a 2-day seminar organized by Creative NJ through a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation grant.
“The event produced thirty-nine breakout sessions on topics as varied as the skills and interests of the over 125 participants,” Program Manager Kacy O’Brien said in a written statement. “The energy and vibrancy of those conversations sparked new collaborations and strengthened partnerships, leading to a variety of actionable outcomes.”
Moor said the program will run in collaboration with Genise Hughes, the school district’s Structured Learning Experience Facilitator who works in conjunction with Brian Stokes Supervisor of the College and Career Readiness Institute.
“The idea of a Youth Council came out of a breakout session run by four of our students, who wanted to discuss ways to inform their peers and their peers’ families about the resources available to them through the high school,” Hughes told O’Brien in follow up interview. “From that initial topic grew the idea of forming an Asbury Park Youth Council, so that students can have a platform and voice to share what they need with City decision makers.”
Applications to join the Mayor’s Wellness Committee are available at the City Clerk’s office at 1 Municipal Plaza.
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