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Ideas Wanted for 2021 Class Project
Our 2021 class members are excited by the prospect of giving back to the community, but they need ideas! Read more details and submit a project idea for consideration by completing our easy online form by May 10.
Project ideas are sought from nonprofit agencies, local governments, and public educational institutions that serve residents of Somerset County. If you've always had that big idea but never had the staff, volunteers or time to pull it together, this may be your opportunity. Please SHARE this opportunity too!
Looking for examples of past projects? See our Spotlight on Class Projects.
Applications are being accepted for Youth Leadership Somerset
A class project of the adult LS Class of 2000, Youth Leadership Somerset is still going strong! Youth who are entering grades nine through 12 for the 2021-2022 school year are encouraged to apply to the Youth Leadership Somerset program. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 23.
To apply, visit Youth Leadership Somerset Application 2021/2022. Candidates will be selected by the end of June. Those accepted to the program will receive a full scholarship to ensure that financial status is not a barrier.
Participants of the program will interact with community leaders on a wide variety of topics, including leadership, the environment, mental health, law enforcement, emergency response, housing, economic development, recycling, local government, justice, healthcare and culture.
Sessions will occur one Saturday per month for five hours, beginning September 2021 and continuing through May 2022.
Sensory Playground at the Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families
Volunteers are sought to help replenish supplies and assist with spring clean up at the sensory playground in Manville, a Class of 2017 project! Winters have been harsh and it's time to replenish and clean up the playground as it once was.
If you're interested, contact Lisa Marie Arieno, Director of Foundation Development and Public Relations
The Arc Foundation of Somerset County
Session Topic: Housing and Homelessness
Each year we invite Sharon Clark (Central Jersey Housing Resource Center) to speak with class members about the need for affordable housing. This also connects to our Human Services when we talk about ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and poverty level households that struggle to afford the basic necessities in Somerset County. We also make an effort to visit (in non-pandemic years!) the county's 60-bed homeless shelter (Agape House) and the soup kitchen run by Tom O'Leary of the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP). If these topics resonated with you, you might find this opportunity of interest.
Rent Is Too Damn High: A Housing and Homelessness Crisis (FREE Zoom Webinar)
Friday, April 30, 3:00 to 4:30
Organized by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Executive Council at Rutgers University. Event panelists are:
- Barbara Poppe — Founder and Principal, Barbara Poppe and Associates; Former Executive Director of US Interagency Council on Homelessness
- Robert Robinson — Housing Rights Activist; Leader of the Take Back the Land Movement
- Jorge Soto — Associate Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy, National Fair Housing Alliance
- Eric Tars — Legal Director, National Homelessness Law Center
(This opportunity is geared towards employers)
In the summer of 2020, as the COVID pandemic gripped the state and nation, the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board (GRWDB) successfully implemented a new Summer Youth Employment Program initiative in Hunterdon and Somerset counties, with funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor. As we get ready for a new summer season, the GRWDB is pleased to announce that it has applied for 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program funding because of the lasting value this initiative provides to our community’s employers and youth.
Today, we invite private and public employers in Hunterdon and Somerset counties to participate in this initiative by responding to a Request for Application proposal which can be found on the County of Somerset website here. Responses are due by May 5.
The 2021 Greater Raritan Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) will provide 50 in-school and out-of-school youth, ages 16-24, with summer internships in your businesses and organizations that will introduce the youth intern participants to the world of work. The internships and work experiences can be on-site and/or virtual/remote opportunities, as determined by each employers’ needs and capacities. On-site positions will be acceptable if the employer is adhering to CDC work safety guidelines. The SYEP is an eight-week internship which pays $12.00 an hour for 21 hours a week on tasks as assigned by the employer. The employer also will receive funding to reimburse the intern for four additional hours spent weekly on workforce readiness training provided by the GRWDB. Intern stipends will be paid by Somerset County through the grant funding from the State to the employer. Target enrollment is 35 students from Somerset County and 15 students from Hunterdon County.
The 2021 SYEP aims to provide youth participants exposure to different careers and an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience, earn a paycheck, prepare for a future career, learn about community resources, and receive supportive services. The program will expand participants’ horizons via virtual learning, linkages to workplace skills, opportunities for college/career pathways, and the development of skills needed for life-long success.
SYEP interns can assist you and your organization with remote tasks including (but not limited to): data entry, mailings, mailing lists, marketing, file management, data base entry (updating and adding to files), research, digital platform content management, newsletters, video, audio, podcasts, and projects specific to your needs. Interns who are interested in hands-on, on- site work opportunities could assist with special events, camp programs, pools, golf courses, rec programs, parks, historical sites, farmers markets, nurseries, equine centers, sporting events, and more. The SYEP will recruit, interview, and refer the intern to your organization, and your organization will have the support of the Program Coordinator to ensure a successful experience for you and the youth intern.
If interested, please contact Jeanne Cassano, Job Developer, Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board at 908-541-5785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.