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Heartbeats of Hope: Newark Teens Learn CPR in Memory of Young Local Hero


By: Richard L. Smith 

CJD FIRST AID proudly announced the return of the "Learn To Save A Life" CPR training event on June 8, aimed at empowering Newark's youth with crucial lifesaving skills.AdThis free event, set at the Senior's Cafe in Vailsburg Park, Newark, NJ, from 11 AM to 2 PM, welcomes teens aged 12 to 18 from the West Ward.

In a powerful partnership with the Vailsburg Park Community Conservancy, this initiative honors the memory of Elijah Brown, a 12-year-old who tragically lost his life during a football practice in 2023.

Elijah "No child or family should have to endure such a loss again," says Cherise Dawson, CEO of CJD FIRST AID.

"Through these trainings, we aim to equip our community with the knowledge and skills to prevent such tragedies in the future."

The inaugural event last year successfully trained over 25 teenagers. This year, the goal is to double participation and continue spreading CPR awareness.AdThe event will feature hands-on CPR training from certified instructors, interactive activities, and discussions about the importance of emergency responsiveness.

Participants will leave with a certificate of completion, ready to act in critical situations.

This event is more than just a training session—it's a community commitment to Elijah's legacy, ensuring his story inspires a wave of preparedness and awareness across Newark.

CJD invites all eligible teens from the West Ward to join us in this lifesaving initiative.

For registration or more information, please contact Pamela at the Vailsburg Park Community Conservancy at