Millhill Child & Family Development recently received a grant from TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank America’s Most Convenient Bank. TD Charitable Foundation’s grant will support Millhill’s Youth Engagement Programs, including the Trenton PEERS and the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

“We are grateful for TD Charitable Foundation’s steadfast support of our Youth Engagement programs, which help empower Trenton youth to engage with their community and pursue higher education or meaningful employment. These programs not only provide valuable life skills, they give youth opportunities to serve as role models and give back to the Trenton Community,” explains Director of Youth Services, Michelle Thompkins.

Millhill’s Youth Engagement Programs shine the light on sometimes difficult subjects such as mental health, substance abuse and bullying while guiding youth toward high school graduation, college and post-secondary pathways. Through the Trenton PEERS, a leadership and peer to peer education group, youth leaders have been serving as positive role models in the City for over 15 years. The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides teen with entry level work experience and an opportunity to build critical skills like teamwork, time management, and communications skills.

Trenton PEERS is a year-round teen peer education, college preparation and support group for youth ages 15-18 that provides potentially life-changing information to over 2,000 Trenton youths each year through highly effective peer led education. The key program elements include developing skills such as goal setting and leadership development. The PEERS participate in group counseling and college preparation while serving as PEERS Educators that develop and present workshops to their peers.

The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a partnership between the Trenton Mayor’s Office, Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce and Millhill Child & Family Development. By the end of this summer, the SYEP will have provided employment for nearly 400 students at the conclusion of the program’s fourth year. SYEP offers job training, mentorship and meaningful summer employment to youth who would otherwise not have the experience.

This contribution supports TD’s longstanding commitment to community enrichment through The Ready Commitment, a multi-year platform that actively promotes inclusivity, economic vitality, environmental wellbeing and health, enabling people of all backgrounds to succeed in a rapidly changing world. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD targets CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four critical areas: Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through this platform, TD aspires to create a more inclusive tomorrow — helping people of all backgrounds feel more confident, not just about their finances, but about their ability to achieve their goals. For information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.