Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Skillman, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Skillman, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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(SKILLMAN, NJ) -- The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM), central New Jersey’s only Black history museum, will hold its first Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18, from 11:00am to 3:00pm. This family-friendly event, “Freedom Forward,” will feature live music from The Jonathan Ware Quartet, food from Trenton BBQ restaurant “The Big Easy,” artist talks, theatrical performances, activities for kids, and insp...
(SKILLMAN, NJ) -- The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM), central New Jersey’s only Black history museum, will hold its first Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18, from 11:00am to 3:00pm. This family-friendly event, “Freedom Forward,” will feature live music from The Jonathan Ware Quartet, food from Trenton BBQ restaurant “The Big Easy,” artist talks, theatrical performances, activities for kids, and inspiring community speakers and leaders celebrating African American resilience and freedom. It will take place at the National Historic Register-listed Mt. Zion AME Church in Skillman and the adjacent True Farmstead, a historic African American-owned property recently purchased by SSAAM and the Sourland Conservancy. This celebration marks the first time visitors will be welcomed back to the museum’s home in-person since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Among the day’s highlights will be artistic workshops at the True Farmstead. Noted Princeton artists, activists, and educators Judith Brodsky and Rhinold Ponder will present “Black Artists: Elevating the Community,” a talk about five Black artists who lived in and around the Sourlands 50 years ago. These artists believed that art was for everyone and could elevate the quality of life for individuals in the community.
Immediately following the presentation, Emmy-winning artist and educator Dr. Ronah Harris will give community members a chance to create art of their own: guiding visitors through the craft of quilt-making as an artistic and storytelling tradition in the African American community. Visitors will have the opportunity to make quilt squares representing their own culture, the future, and social justice. The squares will be incorporated into SSAAM’s first community quilt, representing the beautiful mosaic of people in the Sourlands region.
Actors from the Allegra School of Music and Arts will present To Be Free, an original Juneteenth performance written by dramatist Ryan Kilpatrick. The inspirational play offers a candid view of this new American holiday and the historical events surrounding its origin story, as well as our collective responsibility for shaping a more just and equitable shared future.
Educational offerings at the event will include a talk by Rutgers University undergraduate Isabella Ruiter, who recently traveled to Benin for a study abroad program. Ruiter will discuss her travels as well as the history of Africans’ trans-Atlantic contributions to African American culture in the United States.
Local organizations will also host tables and booths at the event, such as SSAAM’s partner organization, the Sourland Conservancy, which will present an interactive exhibit titled “Nature in the Sourlands.” The exhibit will feature maps of the Sourland Mountain region and a display of local natural objects for children to interact with, including deer bones, bird nests, a small tree and planting tube, nuts and rock samples, and native seed packets to give away.
“Freedom Forward” is co-sponsored by the Princeton University Art Museum. SSAAM is grateful to Princeton University for their generous support, as well as to all of the private donors making this event possible.
To sponsor “Freedom Forward,” register a vendor table, or purchase tickets, please click here. Adult general admission is $25 by online pre-sale only and $30 at the door; tickets for children 12 and under are $10.
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Eighty-five New Jersey public high schools rank in the nation’s top 10%, more than twice the number last year, according to figures released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. In 2020, 39 New Jersey schools had that distinction.The rankings cover more than 17,800 schools, nearly every publ...
Eighty-five New Jersey public high schools rank in the nation’s top 10%, more than twice the number last year, according to figures released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. In 2020, 39 New Jersey schools had that distinction.
The rankings cover more than 17,800 schools, nearly every public high school in the country, and use graduation rates, college readiness, reading and math proficiency and performance, performance by underserved students, and curriculum breadth. The publication measures college readiness by participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.
Fifteen of the state’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) schools placed in the nation’s top 100 STEM schools, including the High Technology High School in Lincroft, second in the nation, and Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison, which ranked tenth among STEM schools.
Eight New Jersey high schools ranked in the nation’s top 100: Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison ranked 23; Union County Magnet High School in Scotch Plains ranked 49; Bergen County Academies in Hackensack ranked 61; High Technology High School in Lincroft ranked 65; Dr. Ronald E McNair High School in Jersey City ranked 68; Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health in Woodbridge ranked 69; Biotechnology High School in Freehold ranked 80; and Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro ranked 93.
You can search through more than 400 New Jersey high schools here.
See the 25 top schools in the state, with their national rankings:
25. Montgomery High School, Skillman. National rank: 592
24. Mountain Lakes High School, Mountain Lakes. National rank: 577
23. Ridge High School, Basking Ridge. National rank: 515
22. Princeton High School, Princeton. National rank: 490
21. Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest. National rank: 464
20. Chatham High School, Chatham. National rank: 458
19. Livingston High School, Livingston. National rank: 438
18. Millburn High School, Millburn. National rank: 418
17. Monmouth County Academy of Allied Health and Science, Neptune. National rank: 377
16. Summit Senior High School, Summit. National rank: 363
15. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, West Windsor. National rank: 339
14. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro. National rank: 293
13. Elizabeth High School, Elizabeth. National rank: 262
12. Glen Ridge High School, Glen Ridge. National rank: 244
11. Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Highlands. National rank: 165
10. Academy for Allied Health Sciences, Scotch Plains. National rank: 146
9. Academy for Information Technology, Scotch Plains. National rank: 116
8. Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro. National rank: 93
7. Biotechnology High School, Freehold. National rank: 80
6. Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health, Woodbridge. National rank: 69
5. Dr. Ronald E McNair High School, Jersey City. National rank: 68
4. High Technology High School, Lincroft. National rank: 65
3. Bergen County Academies, Hackensack. National rank: 61
2. Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains. National rank: 49
1. Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies, Edison. National rank: 23
Correction: This story was updated on April 26, 2022, to correct the number of New Jersey schools that ranked in the top 10. The correct number is 85.
Riley Yates contributed reporting.
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(SKILLMAN, NJ) -- The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) and Sourland Conservancy have partnered to purchase and save the historic True family farmstead. Located in Skillman, the property was originally owned by a Black Union army veteran who worked as a farmer after the Civil War. In 1891, after his death, his wife Corinda married Spencer True, a descen...
(SKILLMAN, NJ) -- The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) and Sourland Conservancy have partnered to purchase and save the historic True family farmstead. Located in Skillman, the property was originally owned by a Black Union army veteran who worked as a farmer after the Civil War. In 1891, after his death, his wife Corinda married Spencer True, a descendant of the former slave Friday Truehart; Truehart had gained his freedom in 1819 and became an early African American landowner in the Sourland Region.
Spencer and Corinda True made their home on the farmstead, which originally included the land on which the National Historic Register-listed Mt. Zion AME Church stands today. Spencer and Corinda donated the land for the church in 1899 after the original church, built around 1866 on the Sourland Mountain, burned down. Mt. Zion AME Church welcomed its African American congregants until 2005, and now serves as the home of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum.
SSAAM advisory board member Patricia Payne, a descendant of Friday Truehart and Spencer True, grew up visiting her grandparents on the family farmstead. There was a time, she recalls, that she knew every inch of the landscape of trees, ponds, and trails that surrounded the property.
“We grew up on a five-acre farm,” Payne recalled, referring to the True family farmstead. “We had plenty of gardens. They raised peaches and apples and sold greens from the garden. They certainly had huge collards, and greens and tomatoes, and whatever else they grew, and my father’s favorite, Jersey white corn. He loved Jersey white corn. They literally trucked all these green groceries down to Trenton. It was a big deal to come all the way from Hopewell/Skillman and truck it down to Trenton.”
“For generations, my family was all about central NJ,” Payne said. The True family has lived in central New Jersey for five generations, beginning when Friday Truehart’s enslaver brought him to Hopewell from South Carolina. Closely connected to the tight-knit African American community that lived on and around Hollow Road in Skillman, the Trues remained on the mountain and in the Hopewell Valley until Payne and her cousins dispersed to go to college and live elsewhere.
Descendants of the True family sold the adjoining farmstead to the Normile family in 1994. With the recent purchase of the farmstead and recombining of the parcels, the True family story has come full circle.
Fulfilling an Educational Mission
Purchasing the True Farmstead will enable the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) to tell the story of the unique culture, experiences, and contributions of the African American community of the Sourland Mountain Region.
“Evidence of these families, their homesteads, their histories and their contributions have all but disappeared,” said John Buck, SSAAM President. “People who have moved into the area over the past thirty-five years have no idea of the culture and contributions of these families who worked hard to develop the unique character and economy of the region with back-breaking farming, and the strong cultural bonds of family and camaraderie of neighbors that was a key feature of life on the mountain and in the Hopewell Valley.”
According to Elaine Buck, author and SSAAM co-founder: “Anyone with a long family history in this area will tell you how tightly connected and interdependent the families were and how they helped one another survive and thrive through adverse times.”
Elaine Buck and her writing partner Beverly Mills, also a SSAAM co-founder, have conducted extensive research into the history of African Americans in the Sourland region. Their first book, If These Stones Could Talk, was published in 2018. They are currently co-authoring a follow-up volume, Harmony and Hostility: A View from the Mountain, due out this year.
Preserving a Significant Site
SSAAM and the Sourland Conservancy have partnered to preserve the spectacular beauty of the Sourland region through land and ecological preservation, while also sharing the historical and cultural narratives of the mountain and its inhabitants with the wider community. This will be the core function of the proposed Sourland Education & Exhibit Center that will sit on the parcel of land adjacent to the museum and the recently acquired True farmstead. Grants from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission and New Jersey Historic Trust have funded the development of a master site plan for the Sourland Center, which will welcome school groups as well as host educational talks, art exhibits, and other public programming. The historic True farmhouse will house the two organizations’ offices.
Donnetta Johnson, who became SSAAM’s Executive Director in October 2021, recognized that the history of this region may be unfamiliar to many New Jersey residents. “Until recently I, like many others, had no idea that there was a substantial African American presence in the Sourland Mountain and Hopewell Valley region,” she said. “Nor did I know that the Sourland Conservancy was founded by an African American resident of the mountain named Robert Garrett, who organized a group of residents concerned with protecting the area from overbuilding.”
While the name of Garrett’s organization would later change from the Sourland Regional Citizen’s Planning Council to the Sourland Conservancy, its mission would grow stronger, and the Conservancy would become an essential partner in SSAAM’s creation.
“I’ve learned a lot very quickly,” Johnson said. “What I know now, and am incredibly proud of, is that these two amazing organizations are working hand in hand on a mission that is so brilliant and makes such incredible sense that it is mind-blowing.”
“Sourland Conservancy is proud to have played an important role in the preservation of the Mt. Zion AME Church and formation of SSAAM, and is now very excited that the True farmstead joins the land co-owned by the Conservancy and SSAAM on Hollow Road in Skillman,” said Dante DiPirro, President of Sourland Conservancy. “In terms of the ecology, visitors will be able to get to know the Sourlands better by learning about the forest, water, animals, birds, and other resources. We want visitors to come to enjoy a rich and enjoyable experience and leave with a better understanding of the region and a new-found passion for enjoying, cherishing and protecting it.”
These preservation efforts were able to come together thanks to many different groups' support, including the expertise and advice of Jay Watson, co-executive director and head of the land protection program at NJ Conservation.
“Sadly, there are very few historic sites in our great state dedicated to telling the story of the African American presence, experience and contributions throughout history," said Watson. "Having an opportunity to play a role in assembling this land with this unique partnership makes us very proud and thankful indeed."
A capital campaign to build the center and restore the church and the farmstead is underway for 2022, and Johnson believes that generous individual donors are the key to the success of this campaign.
“By sharing stories from our unique past, current residents can have a greater appreciation of how our community came to be. The ecology and environmental landscape of our region that supported farming and other industries add interesting subplots to our history.” She added “We can build stronger relationships and celebrate our community and shared future by understanding each other’s unique cultural perspectives, relationship to the land, and our difficult and powerful shared history.”
To support the project, visit www.ssaamuseum.org/donate and select “Sourland Education and Exhibit Center.”
Seed Funder Citi Foundation Commits an additional $3.5 Million to support Financial Empowerment for Summer Youth Employment Programs; the PNC Foundation and The Skillman Foundation Join to Advance SJC Initiative in Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, and DetroitNEW YORK, June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, national nonprofit organization the ...
Seed Funder Citi Foundation Commits an additional $3.5 Million to support Financial Empowerment for Summer Youth Employment Programs; the PNC Foundation and The Skillman Foundation Join to Advance SJC Initiative in Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, and Detroit
NEW YORK, June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, national nonprofit organization the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) kicked off the ninth summer of Summer Jobs Connect (SJC), which will provide more than 145,000 low-income youth in 25 cities with summer jobs and access to banking and financial education. Seed funder, the Citi Foundation, announced an additional $3.5 million in support of the Summer Jobs Connect initiative's ninth year; since launching in 2014, the Citi Foundation has invested nearly $40 million in this initiative, providing more than 800,000 low-income youth across 25 municipally-led Summer Youth Employment Programs with opportunities for banking access and financial education, as well as employed over 16,500 young people. Additionally, the PNC Foundation announced their support of $295,000 to expand the Summer Jobs Connect initiative in Albuquerque, NM and Pittsburgh, PA, and The Skillman Foundation provided $175,000 to support this work in Detroit, MI for a fourth year.
"For eight years, we have been proudly working alongside the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund to build a movement across the U.S. to help provide summer jobs and financial education to young people," said Brandee McHale, Head of Community Investing and Development and President of the Citi Foundation. "Early employment experiences and access to financial resources provide game-changing opportunities for young people and put them on a path to long-term success."
"At PNC, we commit to helping the low- and moderate-income communities where we operate thrive and prosper," said Rey Ocañas, PNC Bank's director of Community Development Banking. "We're excited that the CFE Fund will use this PNC Foundation grant to help support the economic empowerment and social mobility of residents in underserved and unbanked communities, including the 1,500 young adults who will now have the opportunity to participate in SJC initiatives in Pittsburgh and New Mexico."
"As a children's foundation, we're always listening to the concerns of Detroit youth. They consistently express financial education and access to banking is a need," said Ashley Aidenbaum, program officer for The Skillman Foundation. "We are pleased to continue supporting this excellent partnership to strengthen young people's early work experiences and economic well-being."
This summer, new SJC partners include Albuquerque, NM; Cleveland, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and Rochester, NY. These new cities join Baltimore, MD; Baltimore County, MD; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Madison, WI; Miami, FL; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; St. Louis, MO; St. Paul, MN; Syracuse, NY; Virginia Beach, VA; and Washington, DC.
The CFE Fund has been working with city and county partners to ensure the availability of safe, affordable youth banking accounts at just the time when they are arranging to receive their income, including through the creation of programmatic Summer Jobs Connect Youth Account Priorities. SJC cities and counties have formed partnerships with more than 50 banks and credit unions that will open accounts for participants, including those under the age of 18. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many programs will allow youth participants to choose between in-person and virtual job opportunities, with some offering hybrid programs with both in-person and virtual experiences. In Summer 2021, nearly 50% of SJC participants were paid via direct deposit, the highest rate in program history; more than 14,000 participants newly opened a safe bank or credit union account; and more than 120,000 participants received just-in-time financial education.
"Summer Job Connect literally has changed the way cities think about summer work experiences, and the importance of connecting teenagers and young adults to safe and affordable bank and credit union accounts just when they can use them," said Jonathan Mintz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. "Dozens of cities across the country are making it clear that an early job also is a first step into the financial mainstream. We thank the Citi Foundation for their generous seed funding and long-time support of this work, and the PNC Foundation and The Skillman Foundation for joining this important effort."
To kick off the program, today the CFE Fund launched a mini-website, www.summerjobsconnect.org, that highlights the impact and success of nine years of the Summer Jobs Connect initiative. The CFE Fund also launched a #SummerJobsConnect social media campaign on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok that will highlight youth and partner voices about the impact of Summer Jobs Connect throughout the summer.
Summer Jobs Connect leverages the infrastructure and "paycheck moment" of municipal Summer Youth Employment Programs to embed banking access and targeted financial education, serving as a national model for cities and other stakeholders on how banking access efforts can be embedded in municipal systems. This is a core goal of the CFE Fund's national Bank On initiative, which works to ensure that everyone has access to safe and affordable financial products and services. The CFE Fund has been working with city and county partners to ensure the availability of safe, affordable youth banking accounts, including those that can be opened online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, ten partners' programs will feature youth-led peer financial education; three partners will engage an adult financial coach to provide one-on-one guidance to participants; and four partners will work with their local municipal Financial Empowerment Centers to offer professional, one-on-one financial counseling to program participants over the age of 18.
This summer, the CFE Fund and its partners will engage thousands of young people across the country participating in Summer Jobs Connect to share the program's impact on their experiences opening a bank or credit union account, building savings, earning pay through direct deposit, and more on social media. This campaign - #SummerJobsConnect - will highlight first-hand perspectives on the impact of Summer Jobs Connect throughout the duration of the summer programs, including key program moments like financial literacy training, bank or credit union account opening, and more. This campaign follows successful campaigns in 2021, 2020, 2018 and 2017 to engage with and amplify young people's Summer Jobs Connect experience.
About the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) The CFE Fund supports municipal efforts to improve the financial stability of households by leveraging opportunities unique to local government. By translating cutting-edge experience with large scale programs, research, and policy in cities of all sizes, the CFE Fund assists mayors and other local leaders to identify, develop, fund, implement, and research pilots and programs that help families build assets and make the most of their financial resources. The CFE Fund is currently working in over 100 cities and counties representing 75 million people, and has disbursed over $59 million to city governments and their partners to support these efforts. For more information, please visit www.cfefund.org or follow us on Twitter at @CFEFund.
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Two tornado warnings were issued again late Saturday night by the National Weather Service for parts of Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean counties as strong thunderstorms were moving across the region, dumping heavy rain and generating strong winds.The warning for Fort Dix, New Egypt and Wrightstown was issued at about 10:22 p.m. and was set to expire at 10:45 p.m.Another warning issued further north for Cream Ridge and Hornerstown was set to expire at 11:15 p.m.Penny-sized hail was possible, the warning said.UPDA...
Two tornado warnings were issued again late Saturday night by the National Weather Service for parts of Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean counties as strong thunderstorms were moving across the region, dumping heavy rain and generating strong winds.
The warning for Fort Dix, New Egypt and Wrightstown was issued at about 10:22 p.m. and was set to expire at 10:45 p.m.
Another warning issued further north for Cream Ridge and Hornerstown was set to expire at 11:15 p.m.
Penny-sized hail was possible, the warning said.
UPDATE: At 10:55 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service has lifted the latest tornado warnings, so as of now there are no active tornado warnings in New Jersey. And so far, there have been no confirmed funnel clouds touching down in the Garden State, despite the warnings and intense thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect in parts of Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties until 11:15 p.m. Saturday, and a flash flood warning is active in those same counties until 2 a.m. Sunday, along with Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.
The National Weather Service said strong thunderstorm cells are moving through those areas packing wind gusts of 60 mph, quarter-size hail and frequent lightning.
UPDATE (11:35 p.m.): The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the southwestern region of Somerset County, effective until 9 a.m. Sunday. As of 11:25 p.m. Saturday, rainfall totals in that region of the state were between 3 inches and 5 inches.
“While little additional rainfall is expected overnight, runoff from the heavy rain will continue to cause flooding in the area until Sunday morning,” the weather service said in the flood warning. Among the locations where flooding has been reported Saturday night were Belle Mead, Bridgewater, Cloverhill, Flagtown, Manville, Millstone, Raritan Borough, Rocky Hill and Skillman.
Almost 4 inches of rain has fallen in the Kingwood area of Hunterdon County as of 11 p.m. Saturday, with most of the rain reported between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., according to rainfall data from the Rutgers NJ Weather Network.
About 4.5 inches of rain was reported near the Stanton section of Readington Township in Hunterdon County on Saturday, according to a storm report from a trained weather spotter. That’s how much rain normally falls in New Jersey during the entire month of July.
Another trained weather spotter reported a whopping 5.4 inches of rain in Flemington as of 9 p.m. Saturday.
Torrential rain also hit Newark hard, flooding streets, stranding cars and causing major flight delays at Newark Liberty International Airport. And flash flooding was being reported at 11 p.m. in Branchburg in Somerset County, along the north branch of the Raritan River, according to the National Weather Service.
Earlier on Saturday, two additional tornado warnings were issued in central New Jersey, one near Flemington in Hunterdon County and one in the Woodbridge area of Middlesex County.
The National Weather Service said a trained weather spotter reported a funnel cloud at 3:07 pm. from his vantage point in Woodbridge, but it did not appear to make contact with the ground.
Just five days ago, on July 12, a tornado warning was issued in parts of Bergen and Passaic counties on another stormy day. But no tornadoes were confirmed.
Two tornadoes touched down in New Jersey as Tropical Storm Elsa brushed the eastern Shore region early Friday morning, July 9.
The first one was an EF-1, which packed peak winds of 100 mph as it touched down in Woodbine in Cape May County around 2:40 a.m. and lasted about two minutes, the weather service said. The second twister was classified as a lower-level EF-0, with peak winds of 80 mph, touching down at 3:33 a.m. along Sycamore Drive in Little Egg Harbor Township in Ocean County.
NJ Advance Media staff writer Len Melisurgo contributed to this report.
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