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Press Release: Investors Foundation supporters SPEAK™ Teen Leadership Camps


Safe+Sound Somerset receives grant from Investors Foundation to support its summer 2019 SPEAK™ Teen Leadership Camps.




Safe+Sound Somerset recently received a $1,000 grant from Investors Foundation to help further our mission of empowering survivors of domestic abuse and engaging the community to break the cycle of violence.

The 5-day SPEAK™ Teen Leadership Camp was presented by Safe+Sound Somerset in three Somerset County locations in Basking Ridge, Somerville and Bound Brook to provide high school students with the tools to address bullying and dating violence, and build an environment that fosters healthy relationships. Students fine-tuned their leadership skills while collaborating on a final showcase project.

According to Joelle Piercy, SPEAK™ Outreach Coordinator, “We are grateful for the support of our community partners like Investors Foundation who make programs like these possible. New to the camps this year, each week featured guest speakers including local government leaders and youth change makers.” As shared by one camp participant in a thank you note to a guest speaker, “I learned a lot about how to be an effective leader, and you have inspired me to try to get my voice heard in my community.”

Thank you to Shanel Robinson, Somerset County Freeholder, for speaking to the campers yesterday at Speak Leadership Camp. Some of the topics she spoke to our teen leaders about included how youth can get engaged at the local level, self care tips for leaders, finding power, facing challenges such as racism and opposition as a leader, balancing family and leadership, and what drives people to service.

About Safe+Sound Somerset and SPEAK™

S+SS is the only private, non-profit agency in Somerset County, New Jersey providing comprehensive services to survivors of domestic abuse and their families. Our trauma-informed, evidence based programs are designed to empower survivors of domestic abuse and engage the community to break the cycle of violence. The SPEAK™ Outreach and Violence Prevention Program builds awareness around this societal epidemic, change misperceptions and increase understanding of power and control as it relates to the cycle of violence. SPEAK™ offers customized programs for youth, parents, and people working with youth; businesses and corporate groups; places of worship, community groups, and other organizations.

About Investors Bank

Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $25 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

About the Investors Foundation

Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing. Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors. For more information, please visit