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New Providence Students Pilot Junior Board Program with Overlook Foundation


NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Student representatives from New Providence High School, as well as seven other area high schools, recently completed piloting a Junior Board program with the Overlook Foundation that culminated in the awarding of a $2,000 grant to the HealthStart program at Overlook Medical Center. 

Bryan Joyce and Katie Vigilante represented New Providence High School in the pilot program, which also included two students each, mainly juniors, from Gov. Livingston High School, Kent Place School, Newark Academy, Summit High School, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, The Pingry School and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

Set for a full-year rollout this fall, the Overlook Foundation Junior Board program was designed to expose local teens to the operation of a hospital foundation as the fundraising arm of a nonprofit regional medical center. Students interacted with hospital personnel and members of the foundation staff, enabling them to better understand the synergy necessary to cultivate new donors and facilitate relationships with existing donors. 

“As our young people move on to college and, ultimately, a career, we hope to broaden their educational experience to include civic responsibility,” said Ann Oliva, executive director of the Overlook Foundation. “By exposing them to a culture of philanthropy and involving them in the process, we anticipate that many will assume leadership roles as adults, giving of their time and talents to better the communities in which they live and work.”

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