SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Board of Chosen Freeholders has awarded a total of $90,000 to 14 Somerset County Municipal Youth Services Commissions, representing all 21 Somerset County municipalities, for 37 projects.

Bridgewater-Raritan received $5,000 for the NewComers Club and Girls on the Run program, as well as $2,500 to the Bridgewater/ Raitian MYSC for its Big Top Bridgewater program

Funding was provided through the 2015 Municipal Youth Services Commission (MYSC) annual grant program, and is awarded to each municipality with a K-8 school.

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In addition to the $5,000 annual grant funding given to each municipal youth services commission, competitive grants in the amount of $2,500 each were awarded to four of the commissions.

“The Board of Freeholders is pleased to present funding for so many worthwhile, fun and educational programs for county youth,” Caliguire said.  “Funds will be used to support a wide variety of prevention programs in these local communities.”

In addition to Bridgewater-Raritan, Grant awards in the amount of $5,000 were presented to the following municipal youth services commissions: Hillsborough/Millstone received $5,000 for its Teen Zone and I Run programs; Bernards for Girls on Track and Ridge Against Alcohol & Drugs (RAAD); Branchburg for its Run 4 Fun and STOP programs; Franklin for its Youth Council, Franklin Youth Prevention and Empowerment, and Boys Council/Girls Circle programs; and Green Brook for its Health in Steps, Girls Circle and Challenge Day/Challenge Club programs.

Also. Manville for its Girls on Track, Weston Summer Camp, ABIS Splash Camp, Open Gym Nights and Theater Week programs;Montgomery/Rocky Hill for its Girls on the Run/Girls on Track, Kids on the Move and Bullying/Harassment programs; North Plainfield for its Girls on the Run and Gang Resistance Education and Training programs;  Somerville for its Girls on the Run, Promoting Partnerships and Above All Afterschool Program; Warren for its Challenge Day, Lunch-Time Mentors and Student Leadership programs; and Watchung for its Girls on the Run/ Girls on Track and Homework Help programs.

The Bound Brook/South Bound Brook MYSC was awarded $10,000 for its Middle Earth Community Youth Center, Hispanic Counseling Group, Character Education and Girls on the Run programs. The Somerset Hills MYSC, which represents the towns of Far Hills, Peapack/ Gladstone, Bedminster and Bernardsville, received $10,000 for its Tutor/Mentoring, Youth Summit, Girls on the Run/Girls on the Move programs.

Competitive grants for $2,500 were awarded to the Bound Brook/South Bound Brook MYSC for its Youth College Readiness program, Franklin MYSC for it Girls Power Runners program, and Green Brook MYSC for its Boys Council.

For more information about the Somerset County Municipal Youth Services Commission grants program and information about the various programs that received funding, contact Cindy Britt at 908-704-6352 or britt@co.somerset.nj.us.