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NJBIA Business Relations Manager Randy Stephens has been named to the board of trustees of the Princeton-Blairstown Center, a nonprofit offering adventure-based learning programs to youth from under-resourced communities to build socio-emotional and leadership skills.

Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC), located on 286 acres of wilderness near the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Warren County, offers year-round outdoor educational programming that strengthens leadership, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills. The goal is for disadvantaged students to transfer what they learn back to their schools, youth organizations, communities, and families.

Experiential learning programs include a wide range of outdoor activities including group initiatives, adventure courses, high ropes, climbing wall, dam rappel, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, environmental education, diversity equity and inclusion education and more.

Stephens, who was born in Trenton, understands the unique challenges faced by disadvantaged young people growing up in under-resourced communities.

“When I was growing up, sports helped me steer clear of the snares of the inner city,” Stephens said. “When I met PBC leaders at an event last fall, their mission instantly resonated with me.”

A graduate of Trenton Catholic High School, Stephens continued his education as a student-athlete playing Division I football at Hofstra University in Long Island. He later earned a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Cairn University.

Stephens said he looked forward to contributing help PBC fulfill its mission.

“Honestly, I’m honored and humbled to have been elected to the board,” Stephens said. “As part of PBC, I can assist in offering opportunities to youth who are looking to fight for a better life and looking to lead the way to help others do the same.”