Morristown’s Cornerstone lands $75K grant for teen jobs program

Students learn about nursing careers and how to take vital signs on a medical mannequin. Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Family Programs.
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From Cornerstone Family Programs:

Cornerstone Family Programs Receives $75,000 Cigna Foundation Grant
Grant will fund the Teen Pathways to Brighter Futures program 
which creates more access, opportunities to jobs and education for local area teens

Morristown, NJ – Cornerstone Family Programs today announced it has received a $75,000 grant from Cigna Foundation to expand its innovative teen workforce development program, Teen Pathways to Brighter Futures.

The initiative is a work-based earn-and-learn program that provides equitable access and opportunity for teens to get that first job, learn critical workforce skills, and pursue college or vocational school – all while developing social emotional growth and discovery.

This practical holistic approach provides mentorship, guidance, and a commitment to their futures, setting our youth on the road to personal, academic, and economic success to achieve a better life.

“We are thrilled to be the recipient of generous Cigna Foundation funding”, said Patrice Picard, CEO at Cornerstone. “This grant will help us further our cause to help our teens build resilience with life-skills and healthy values that are the true hallmarks of life-long success.”

Students learn about careers at the CCM Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center. Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Family Programs.

Teens will participate in workshops focused on career readiness skills, internships that include healthcare, manufacturing, finance, and hospitality, college campus tours, and connecting with their peers to build camaraderie at the popular Neighborhood House Teen Lounge.

These are just a small sampling of the aspirational learning experiences teens will enjoy. The goal is to serve 100 teens over the grant year.

“Cornerstone Family Programs provides so much to the residents of Morristown, and we are proud to support this exciting initiative that will help teens learn skills for the future and feel ready for the next chapter of their lives,” said Tony Contessa, Cigna’s regional vice president for the New York and New Jersey region.

“When teens are confident in their abilities, they go out into the world ready to take on new challenges like getting a job or going back to school. By learning these skills now, we are creating more opportunities for them.”

Cornerstone Family Programs and Morristown Neighborhood House are among the oldest, iconic, community, non-profit human service organizations in Morristown and the Greater Morris Area, serving one of the most culturally diverse communities in New Jersey.

They are a multi-purpose human service organization serving people from 2 to 102! Early childhood education, afterschool arts, sports, teen enrichment, peer support for military families and senior day care, are among the variety of community programs offered.

To learn more about Teen Pathways to Better Futures or to schedule a tour of our neighborhood center, please contact Isaiah Hamilton, teen program coordinator, 973-538-1229.

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