Youth

Union Beach Campers Write Home

July 24, 2013 Earlier this summer, we told you the story of a group of Madison residents who worked together to sponsor camperships for children from Union Beach, a town truly ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.  Click here to read that…

School Lunch Half a World Away

June 6, 2013 One of our signature campaigns here at the Community Foundation of New Jersey is to promote greater access to school breakfast throughout the state.  In our School Breakfast Update, we made the case that: Feeding kids first…

The Case for Play: How Recess Makes Schools Safer

May 17, 2013 As bullying in schools increasingly gains media attention, new studies have emerged that link environmental factors to kids’ behavior in schools. Better school breakfast or lunch programs, for example, can improve academic performance and social interaction. Awareness…

How to Get a 7th Grader to Write… in the Summer

April 1, 2013 Seventh grade. Essays. Summer school.  Any middle school kid might consider these to be various forms of short-term punishment. But for over 500 New Jersey middle school students, essays are no longer the stuff of ruined weekends…

Covenant House Post-Sandy

February 11, 2013 We’ve seen the devastation Hurricane Sandy has wrought on countless New Jersey communities – leveling homes, flooding cars, and destroying personal property.  Of course, the true toll is on our state’s people, who now must rebuild not…

Honoring a Son to Help Kids Cope

February 8, 2013 The Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation was created following September 11, 2001 in order to celebrate Todd’s life and create a meaningful legacy. Born out of Todd’s own successful struggle with childhood anxiety, the mission of the foundation…

Helping Foster Kids Travel with Dignity

February 6, 2013 For a child, being removed from their home to be placed in foster care is a traumatic experience. With hopes of easing their pain a little, the Community Foundation has been working to eliminate one small thing…