The Citizens Campaign today announced that it is seeking applications from Trenton and Perth Amboy residents interested in becoming Civic Trustees- Trustees who work together to identify and gain adoption of proven solutions for problems facing their City. Civic Trustees will be members of the Trenton or Perth Amboy Civic Trusts, formerly Impact Trenton and Impact Perth Amboy. Civic Trustees and the Trenton and Perth Amboy Civic Trusts 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: (1) cost-effective (2) evidence-based (3) of benefit to the City as a whole and (4) 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. Harry Pozycki, The Citizens Campaign Chair, said, “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 our cities face. 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 city, without having to run for office.”
Pozycki went on to say, “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 their city, 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 and Perth Amboy were selected as 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 Impact Perth Amboy and their record of substantial success. In Trenton, these successes include developing and advancing proposals to provide better flood and stormwater protection and implement an Auxiliary Police Force, the piloting of a Leadership Civics course in the Trenton Public Schools, and the recruitment of Trenton Green Team members. In Perth Amboy, these successes include conducting a survey with more than 500 respondents that is advancing school discipline policies that have proven to dramatically improve graduation rates; creating the Perth Amboy Green Team for environmental sustainability and the new City Arts Council. These successes and others that are in the works convinced The Citizens Campaign that Trenton and Perth Amboy could lead New Jersey’s cities by providing an example of civic leadership second to none.
The Citizens Campaign is accepting applications for Trenton and Perth Amboy Civic Trustees on a rolling basis until Monday, February 23, 2015. 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.