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PSE&G AWARDS TWO $125,000 'COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR YOUTH' GRANTS TO AGENCIES BASED IN LAWRENCEVILLE AND NEWARK AT STATEHOUSE ROTUNDA

 NEWARK, N.J., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- New Jersey non-profit organizations based in Lawrenceville and Newark are each recipients of $125,000 "Community Partners For Youth" Grants -- a program developed by Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) to help communities improve the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk children.
 PSE&G will present the grants at a 1 p.m. ceremony on today at the New Jersey Statehouse Rotunda in Trenton. Harold W. Borden, PSE&G's senior vice president-external affairs, will present the awards to the Princeton Center for Leadership Training in Lawrenceville and to the Newark-based Community Agencies Corporation of New Jersey. New Jersey's first lady, Lucinda Florio, will host the ceremony. State and local public officials have also been invited to attend the event.
 Lawrence R. Codey, PSE&G's president and chief operating officer, said the two recipients were selected from 155 proposals received by the company. He said the "Community Partners for Youth" initiative seeks to provide separate groups in a community with an opportunity to work together toward a common goal: An integrated approach that addresses the needs of disadvantaged or at-risk children.
 "There are many organizations and institutions serving children, often providing one of many needed services," said Codey. "What we want to do is encourage these providers to coordinate their efforts, help children on a year-round basis, and create a model that can be replicated in other communities. We also realize that parents and other adults must be actively involved to make this work and each of our recipients has found a way to do this."
 "The needs of New Jersey's children are many, and the best way to use the resources we have is to encourage collaboration, involving everyone from service providers to corporations to volunteers," said Florio. "It's encouraging to see this kind of initiative coming from the private sector. It reminds us that each of us can do something to help and that the success of our young people will determine our own future success as individuals and as a state."
 The two $125,000 grants were awarded to lead organizations working in collaboration with others to serve youth. Partners include community-based groups, schools, service/volunteer organizations, public agencies and local employers.
 In March, PSE&G sent a Request For Proposal (RFP) to community leaders throughout its electric and gas service area. The RFP was designed with the assistance of the Association for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ), a statewide non-profit child advocacy organization based in Newark.
 The Princeton Center for Leadership Training and its collaborative partners will utilize the funds to implement a team mentoring project for approximately 200 students at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Trenton. Dr. Sharon Rose Powell, the center's president, said the project is designed to provide critical support and community service experiences for Trenton's young people.
 "Our project is called Community Partners for Trenton Youth," said Dr. Powell. "It focuses on middle school students because of their particular vulnerability to the social pressures that contribute to serious problems such as drug and alcohol abuse and disengagement from school. The project will include: a series of community forums to address the needs of Trenton youth and their families; an improved referral system for connecting young people to existing social and health care services; a team mentoring and youth service corps program; and family events for students, their parents, team mentors and teachers."
 "I commend PSE&G on encouraging all sectors of the greater New Jersey community to search for more comprehensive, self-sustaining ways to solve the problems facing inner-city youth and their families," said Dr. Powell. "I am very proud that the Princeton Center has been selected as part of a collaborative effort in Trenton. Using an exciting team-mentoring strategy, we will reach significant numbers of young people at the middle school, high school and college levels, as well as their teachers and community volunteers."
 Tony L. Peele, executive director of Community Agencies Corporation of New Jersey (CAC), said the organization will implement a family centered Case Management Program for 200 7- to 18-year-old children, and their families, in the greater Newark area.
 Peele said services to be provided will include academic tutoring, literacy training, peer mentoring, summer camp, job training and placement, cultural enrichment and family preservation programs. In addition, CAC will also act as a clearinghouse for related information and sponsor community forums for agencies.
 "Every day Community Agencies Corporation of New Jersey, along with non-profits in the Newark area, accepts the challenge of providing critical services to children and their families," said Peele. "Through the Public Service Electric and Gas Company's "Community Partners For Youth" Grant, CAC and its eight consortium partners will work towards preserving and enriching the family through education, housing, job development and recreation. We are honored to be the recipients of this grant and accept it for the children of Newark."
 Non-profit organizations participating in the Princeton Center for Leadership Training's Community Partners For Trenton Youth Program:
 Donnelly Homes
 Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
 Mercer County Chamber of Commerce
 Public Education Institute
 Rutgers University/Civic Education and Community Service Program
 Trenton School Based Youth Services
 Non-profit organizations participating in the Community Agencies Corporation of New Jersey's CAC Community Partners For Youth Program:
 Protestant Community Centers, Inc.
 Friendly Fuld Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
 Cross Counter, Inc.
 The Apostle's House
 Newark Literacy Campaign
 The House of Prayer Episcopal Church
 The Volunteer Center of Greater Essex County
 The Essex County Department of Citizen Services
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 /CONTACT: Priscilla Suber Brown of PSE&G, 201-430-6021/
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