BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Next Tuesday, the Bernards Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse will partner with Frozen Falls Yogurt to host a fundraiser to benefit Bernards Township students attending a leadership conference to develop strategies to combat substance abuse among their peers.

Frozen Falls Yogurt, located in the Dewy Meadow Shopping Center off King George Road in Basking Ridge, has agreed to donate 15 percent of profits made all day on Tuesday, Aug. 4, whenever customers mention Ridge Against Alcohol & Drugs (RAAD).

All proceeds from Frozen Falls Yogurt's benefit will go towards sponsoring students to attend the leadership conference at the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute Summer Leadership Conference. Frozen Falls Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt is at 413 King George Road in Basking Ridge. 

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The Bernards Township Municipal Alliance has been sending students to the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute (LMTI) for more than 10 years. The students come back to Bernards Township and often join the RADD student leadership group.

According to the Municipal Alliance, the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute (LMTI)  is a program of Partners in Prevention, a non-profit 501(c)(3) agency. LMTI is New Jersey’s largest teen institute and is dedicated to reducing the frequency of teenage alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use by guiding students to realize their leadership potential, learn new skills, and to become empowered to create change in their schools and communities.

The cornerstone of the program is a one week leadership conference held at the end of August. The goal of the Summer Leadership Conference is to provide student leaders with an experiential learning environment that allows them to develop confidence in themselves and their abilities and capabilities.

With this renewed sense of  purpose, students work throughout the week to develop prevention strategies to create change in their communities and schools. The LMTI staff works closely with students throughout the school year to provide support and motivation as needed.

Local projects in Bernards Township

Past projects include participation in Youth Summit Day, an annual conference for eighth graders that promotes healthy decisions, “Letters for Prom,” where fifth grade DARE students write to high school seniors urging them to make smart decisions over prom weekend, “Out of the Mouth of…Teens!” and other prevention activities. 

In the past the Alliance has sponsored scholarships for students to attend LMTI.  

Additional fundraisers in the community

Additional fundraisers were scheduled in the community during July and August. One fundraiser was at this week's Party in the Park at Harry Dunham Park, in partnership with Bernards Township Parks and Recreation. Donations can also be directly accepted at www.bernardsalliance.org and checks can be made out to Bernards Township Municipal Alliance and mailed to 262 S. Finley Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ, 07920. 

The mission of the Bernards Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse is to provide consultation, programs, training and resources to members of the Bernards Township community with the goal of preventing and reducing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through education, support of events and programs and presence in the community. For more information, visit www.bernardsalliance.org.