Building Future Leaders


YMCA of Eastern Union County 

135 Madison Avenue

Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Phone: (908) 820-4055

Fax: (908) 820-4290

website: www.elizabethnj.org

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Building Future Leaders Program (BFL) is the newest after school program for teens to raise their community awareness and build leadership skills. It is coordinated and supervised by The City of Elizabeth Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office of Youth Services. This program will bring together a diverse group of high school students to receive mentoring, explore various art forms, plan and promote community events, plus volunteer within the community. Members of BFL will have access to recreational facilities throughout the city, attend various plays, music, and dance performances, as well as participate in college tours.

The goal of BFL is to foster leadership amongst Elizabeth High School students, strengthen morale, and encourage overall life and social skills. In doing so, this will be a plateau to create a better environment where students from different ethnic backgrounds, races, religion and gender can bridge their differences and grow communally. 

City of Elizabeth youth ages 13-18 are encouraged to join. Youth must be willing to commit to the after school AND summer programs. Members will be accepted through an application process. The program will have youth elected executive and professional staff skilled in mentoring, life skills, leadership training, writing, career development, health and wellness, public speaking, and visual/performing arts.

The programs take place October through June AND July through August. The schedule varies. For more information, please feel free to contact the phone number listed.