2008-07-17 / Top Stories

Bergen Beach Youngsters Learn Art Of Beautifying Community

(Clockwise from above) Group of youngsters and staff from Millennium's youth summer program pose after a hard day's work; three teens clean up local baseball field and some youths relax before getting back to beautifying the community. (Clockwise from above) Group of youngsters and staff from Millennium's youth summer program pose after a hard day's work; three teens clean up local baseball field and some youths relax before getting back to beautifying the community. Millennium Development is an innovator on the forefront of the healthy youth development principles, most recently illustrated by the creation of a Youth Leadership Summer Program, which serves youth ages 11 to 14.

Since the camp started last week, the youth have been working on their first community involvement project, the beautification of Bergen Beach. A group of youngsters set out to rake, clean, sweep, at the Bergen Beach fields, near the John Malone Community Center at 2335 Bergen Avenue.

The beautification project is one of many they will complete throughout the summer. During sessions, participants join peer mentoring and discussion groups, volunteer in service community programs, enjoy reading and writing workshops as well as participate in recreational activities.

"We are very excited to have this camp in full operation because it will not only give the kids something to do during the summer but it points them in the right direction and hopefully turn them into the leaders of tomorrow," said camp director Nikki Marino.

According to Nicole Kumar, a camp participant, the program should keep her busy this summer and open her up to a lot of new opportunities.

"I enjoy doing community oriented things because it makes me feel like I am making a difference even at a young age and that always feels good," Kumar said.

All of the Millennium centers provide a variety of activities and programs promoting physical fitness and mental well being. For more information, please call 1-718-444-0101 ext. 15 or log on to www.milldev.org.


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