Student representatives from 14 area high schools are working together as part of a Junior Board of the Overlook Foundation. Their efforts will culminate in the awarding of an $80,000 grant to fund a shared social worker position for the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center and Movement Disorders Program at Overlook Medical Center.
The program includes one student each, all juniors, from: Chatham High School, Delbarton School, Governor Livingston High School, Kent Place School, Millburn High School, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Newark Academy, New Providence High School, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Oratory Preparatory School, The Pingry School, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Summit High School, and Westfield High School.
Meeting monthly, the students are exposed to the operation of a hospital foundation as the fund-raising arm of a nonprofit regional medical center. They interact with hospital personnel, as well as foundation trustees and staff, enabling them to better understand the importance of philanthropy in meeting the needs of Overlook’s patients and their families.
The Junior Board is also charged with developing a grant application that is distributed to hospital departments of their choosing, with the decision-making process for awarding the grant left in their hands. Their fundraising goal of $20,000 was matched 3:1 by Overlook Foundation trustees.