Casino Association of New Jersey supports Leaders in Training with $50K grant

Casino Association of New Jersey supports Leaders in Training with $50K grant

The Casino Association of New Jersey recently announced a $50,000 grant to Leaders in Training Inc., a program designed to support the community’s at-risk youth. This funding is in addition to the regular engagement casino properties have with LIT, supporting meaningful mentorship and workforce development opportunities for young residents of Atlantic City.

“We are so pleased to be able to support our city’s youngest community members,” Mark Giannantonio, president, Casino Association of New Jersey, said. “Leaders in Training is changing the lives of hundreds of teens in Atlantic City — and beyond. CANJ is honored to have a small part in these efforts to empower, inspire and provide opportunities for the community.”

Historically, casino properties have worked with LIT to create and implement programs that prepare teens, ages 14-18, for success in their personal and professional lives. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City recently donated $20,000 to the program in 2023, as part of its ongoing partnership with LIT. The CANJ members bring unmatched industry expertise to the program and provide unique insights into the workings of the casino and entertainment sector.

As one of the largest employers in southern New Jersey, CANJ can share practical information with program participants about diverse career paths within the gaming and hospitality industry. LIT provides exposure to various industries to broaden the horizons and inspire career ambitions of youth participants.

“Leaders in Training is thrilled to have the support of the Casino Association of New Jersey,” Ambrose Gray, CEO, Leaders in Training Inc., said. “The casinos are an integral part of the vitality of the city, and their support is invaluable in helping us show our future generation that there are real opportunities to grow and thrive in this city.”

LIT started in 2019 with just 20 participants. Since then, the organization has mentored hundreds of Atlantic City youth. In addition to providing career development training, the LIT program offers access to certified mental health professionals and counseling services.