Published in The Trentonian 

The following information comes from a press release issued Thursday by The Citizens Campaign about their new Civic Trustees program: 

The Citizens Campaign has announced that it is seeking applications from Trenton residents interested in becoming Civic Trustees, who will work together to identify and gain adoption of proven solutions for problems facing their city.

Civic Trustees will be members of the Trenton Civic Trust, formerly Impact Trenton. Civic Trustees and the Trenton Civic Trust will receive significant support from The Citizens Campaign’s top government lawyers, urban policy experts and experienced political coaches. They will be trained to use the power levers of local government to get results on the issues they care about.

Trustees will develop and advance their solutions within the four guiding principles of the Civic Trust — the solutions must be: cost-effective, evidence-based, of benefit to the City as a whole, and implemented with a “no blame” approach.

Trenton and Perth Amboy are the first two cities in which The Citizens Campaign is launching this innovative, new approach to building a powerful problem-solving force for cities across the state.

“This is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of creating a new and powerful civic force to take on the tough challenges that Trenton faces,” said Citizens Campaign Chair Harry Pozycki in the release. “It gives interested and committed citizens a way to use their own skills, talents and ideas to forge and advance solutions, all aimed at bringing about a better Trenton, without having to run for office.

“We are asking people to take the civic challenge, by making the Civic Pledge that they will work together to leave their City better than when they found it.”

Civic Trustees will gather at monthly meetings to find solutions for Trenton, drawing on ideas that have succeeded in other cities. The meetings are designed to be respectful of Trustees’ time. They are limited to two hours (5:30 to 7:30), during which dinner is served with no charge. There are no meetings in August due to vacation time and none in December due to the holidays.

Trenton was selected as one of the two pioneering cities for this effort, according to The Citizens Campaign, because of the impressive number of committed and effective citizen leaders that have been participating in Impact Trenton and their record of substantial success.

The Citizens Campaign is accepting applications for Trenton Civic Trustees on a rolling basis until Monday, Feb. 23. Applications may be filled out online at www.thecitizenscampaign.org or printed and mailed to The Citizens Campaign, ATTN: Civic Trust Selection Committee, 450 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ, 08840.