Lynne Azarchi is a tireless advocate for improving the lives of at-risk youth in communities across New Jersey. Founder and Executive Director of Kidsbridge, Lynne focused on creating an immersive learning experience for kids, teachers, and community leaders in inner-city Trenton in 1996. She expanded into Mercer County, aspiring to educate as many youth and teachers as possible. Lynne has created programs, curriculum, and interactive engagements dealing with bullying prevention, personal empowerment, diversity appreciation, character education and pro-social skills.
A genuine change agent, Lynne saw early on how “kids just being kids” was leading to genuinely painful consequences for children, teens and parents. In 2006, partnering with her Board, they did something about it and created the Kidsbridge Tolerance Center — the only youth-oriented tolerance center in the United States.
Says one volunteer, “Lynne is the heart and soul of Kidsbridge; there is no one who works harder or is more passionate about spreading the Kidsbridge message. She is an inspiration!”
- One of three finalists in NJ First Lady Mary Pat Christie’s NJ HEROES AWARD for nonprofits focusing on anti-bullying (February 2016)
- Inducted into the NEW JERSEY WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME (2012)
- AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON DIVERSITY AWARD – PRINCETON CHAPTER
- COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD – ISLES YOUTHBUILD (Community-based youth organization)