Millhill Child & Family Development
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Photo Caption: Trenton PEERS at Millhill’s Annual Fundraiser MISSION POSSIBLE
Horizon Foundation Awards Grant to Millhill Child and Family Development for Trenton PEERS
TRENTON, NJ (July 3, 2018) – Millhill Child & Family Development recently received a grant from Horizon Foundation to support the Trenton PEERS program. The gift from the Horizon Foundation will enable Millhill to continue to provide educational, leadership and mentoring support in a peer to peer format to thousands of at-risk teens throughout Trenton.
“We are thrilled to renew our partnership with Horizon Foundation to continue the Trenton PEERS program and empower Trenton teens to build a path for a brighter future while serving as role models in the community,” explains Michelle Thompkins, associate director of youth services.
The Trenton PEERS (Performing, Educating, and Engaging about Responsible Strategies) is a year-round peer education, mentoring and support group made up of two mixed gender teams of young adults, ages 13 – 18. The goal of the program is to empower the Trenton PEERS to realize their potential by providing year round life skills education, leadership training, and college preparation in a supportive environment. The PEERS serve as positive role models in their community and provide potentially life-saving presentations to thousands of adolescent peers in Trenton.
The platform has helped PEERS build confidence, discipline and determination throughout their own lives. In a city where 68% of youth graduate from High School it is notable that 100% of PEERS graduate from High School on time and go on to higher education programs.
“PEERS got me to be more proud of who I am, where I came from, and where I’m going,” states Patience, PEER Alumni and Kean University student.
Horizon Foundation supports non-profit organizations that aspire to create and maintain sustainable, vibrant and resilient communities. Since its founding in 1997, Horizon Foundation has funded non-profit organizations that meet the mission goals in places where our trustees live and work. Grant funding concentrates on building organizational and community-wide effectiveness, developing opportunities, raising aspirations, and generally making a positive and lasting difference.
About Millhill Child & Family Development
Millhill Child & Family Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and families in Greater Trenton through education, counseling, family support services and community collaborations spanning from an early age to adult. Founded in 1971, Millhill serves more than 5,000 individuals in the community with the help of dedicated staff, volunteers and financial contributors. Millhill empowers lives using an approach that is both individualized and collaborative taking into account the dynamics of the whole family. Services are offered at 101 Oakland Street and 802 Prospect Street in Trenton, NJ. For more information about our programs, please visit www.www.millhillcenter.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/millhillchildandfamily.