SOMERVILLE, NJ _ Grants for youth services were recently received by Ridge Against Alcohol and Drugs (RAAD), and also local youth programs in the Somerset Hills, through funding for the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders' 2019 Municipal Youth Services Commission’s (MYSC) annual grant program.

The funds are used to support a wide variety of programs for local youths throughout Somerset County, including a $10,000 grant to the Somerset Hills MYSC, representing the towns of Bedminster, Bernardsville, Far Hills, and Peapack-Gladstone, for its Intergenerational Socials, Youth Summit, and Be Well.

The county freeholders recently voted to distribute funds totaling $106,939 to 14 Somerset County Municipal Youth Services Commissions, serving 21 Somerset County municipalities, according to an announcement from Somerset County.

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Among the grants were $5,000 were presented to the following MYSCs: Bernards for its Ridge Against Drugs (RAAD), and also Viking Yoga.

“We are happy to grant funding to these municipalities in support of our young people,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director Brian Levine.  “These grants will help fund valuable initiatives in our local communities. I believe that when we invest in programs for our youth we are investing in our future."

All municipalities with a K-8 grade school also receive a $5,000 annual grant. Seven competitive grants were also awarded, which totaled $26,939.

Competitive Grants

Seven MYSCs were also awarded competitive grants, including Bernards, which received $6,000 for its Peer Educators at the William Annin Middle School. Other school districts also received awards: Warren Township received received $2,274 for The Council for Boys and Young Men, $2,274 for its Girls Circle, and $2,576 for the Save Promise Club.

The Municipal Youth Services Commissions mirror the County Youth Services Commission and are responsible for assessing the needs of youth in their local communities who are at-risk of or are involved in the juvenile justice system.

These services bring together key community leaders and community volunteers to carefully examine the needs of the at-risk youth in their local area in order to develop appropriate prevention and intervention strategies that address those issues, according to information from Somerset County.