It's 21 for a Reason

An award winning campaign that seeks to educate parents and youth about the consequences of underage drinking. This presentation and video are available for use at schools, churches, community - based meets, and professional conferences. Please contact Kaitlin Cartoccio at (908) 204-2523 to have a presentation brought to you.

American Drug and Alcohol Survey (ADAS) and Student Stressor Survey

Results of the current survey of Bernards Township middle and high school students compared with national averages are availible for presentation and programmatic use. Please check "Surveys" for more information.

B - Well Girls

New for 2018! B-Well Girls is an after school wellness program at William Annin Middle School that promotes positive emotional, social, mental and physical development in girls. The program combines physical activities and fitness with lessons designed to encourage girls to embrace their individual strengths. BWG provides girls with fun and creative ways to express feelings, discover strengths, make connections, and stay healthy. Session themes include leadership skills, goal setting, self respect, navigating stress, mindfulness and fitness through a variety of activities!

Neighborhood Coffees

Neighborhood Coffees is a nationally award-winning initiative that brings neighbors together to discuss the roles adults play in helping today's youth successfully negotiate the difficult challenges of everyday life. These forums create opportunities for dialogue between adults and young people, and create supportive relationships throughout neighborhoods in Bernards Township. Simply put, they bring folks together to meet each other, share their wisdom and experiences, and talk about ways to help to make Bernards Township a better place to live.

The Neighborhood Coffees program was developed by the Bernards Township Health Department in collaboration with the Municipal Alliance to deliberately promote the health and well-being of all people in the community through dialogue about the salient social issues that they face. Specifically, the program has three main objectives:

  • To foster supportive relationships in neighborhoods throughout the community;
  • To encourage productive dialogue between adults and teens; and
  • To present a unified language that all residents can use to promote a healthy, nurturing community for all young people.

LMTI & R.A.A.D. - The Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute & Ridge Against Drugs

The LMTI Summer Leadership Conference kicks off with a five-day Summer Leadership Conference at YMCA Camp Ralph Mason in Hardwick, NJ. Throughout the week, participants hear from dynamic speakers and work with others to gain the tools necessary to develop and successfully implement peer-focused prevention strategies to reduce the risk factors associated with substance abuse in their communities.

The program continues over the following ten months with RAD, as students work together over the school year to implement prevention activities in Bernards Township.You may know them from the Teen Volunteer Fair, Empowerment Day, DARE Letter Writing Campaign, and Sticker Campaign! Look out for RAAD in Bernards Township.

Twilight Challenge

The Pleasant Valley Twilight Challenge 5K To Prevent Underage Drinking n is an annual event that has been held on the first Sunday of June for 30 years. Along with more than 100 5K runners in past years, the public can participate in the One-Mile Health Walk and the children’s Lollipop Loop. The event is sponsored by the Municipal Alliance and the Bernards Township Health Department. For more information about this exciting event please call the Bernards Township Health Department at (908) 204–2523 or email

Empowerment Day

The annual "Choices & Decisions – Living Up To Your Potential” Youth Summit Day is now known as Empowerment Day for 8th grade students at William Annin Middle Schooll. The purpose of the Empowerment Day is to provide a forum to discuss the issues that young people are faced with every day. The goal is to provide students with the information, resources, and inspiration to assist them to make positive decisions now and later in their lives. The program is in the format of a professional conference with dynamic motivational speakers, cross-age teaching done by Ridge Against Alcohol & Drugs followed by breakout sessions, and small group discussions.

Local Events

You can find the Municipal Alliance at tons of events around Bernards Township. Catch us every year at a Ridge High School Football game, the Teen Volunteer Fair in the fall, the Pathways to Mental Health Resource Fair in the spring, Activities Night, Charter Day, and much more!