on July 10, 2014 at 7:20 AM
The four trustees — Jason Griffiths, Christina Bailey, Jim Farrin and William Wild — have experience in education, communications, design and nonprofit management, according to a news release.
“The board members set policy and focus on helping the organization to be a high-performing nonprofit that serves large numbers of people,” executive director Pam Gregory said.
The Princeton-Blairstown Center, which was founded by alumni and undergraduates of Princeton University, was originally designed to send 30 impoverished boys from Philadelphia to summer camp, Gregory said.
“Over the years it’s changed quite a lot and today we provide experiential, adventure-based education and social and emotional learning for vulnerable youth,” she said.
Last July, the center ended its 105-year association with Princeton University and now operates as a free-standing organization, Gregory said.
Separating from the university, however, has been beneficial to the center, Gregory said. In the past, the university appointed about half of the trustees.
“We look to be more skill-set-focused now that we aren’t necessarily holding spots for Princeton personnel,” Gregory said.
Different groups of students from across the state attend the center’s Blairstown campus, in the northwestern part of the state, for programs that range from one to 14 days to help strengthen their problem-solving, teamwork and leadership skills, Gregory said.
In addition to the programs offered at the Blairstown campus, Princeton-Blairstown Center also offers a school-based program that works with schools in urban areas to prevent students from dropping out of school. That includes working with 50 students from Trenton Central High School to provide counseling and positive peer support, a program funded by a grant from United Way of Mercer County.
The four new trustees, three of whom graduated from Princeton University, will add to the group of individuals from diverse backgrounds who make up the Board of Trustees, Gregory said.
“Because of their unique professional backgrounds and their deep roots in the Princeton community, these four trustees will help the center advance its mission to transform the lives of vulnerable young people,” she said.