Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders
“Garments & Gear – Greatness for Years”
Wins the UC STEP Civic Engagement Challenge 

UC STEP

Union County Freeholders Linda Carter and Alexander Mirabella presented resolutions to members of Team Red from the Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program (UC STEP) congratulating them on winning the Civic Engagement Challenge of 2016 UC STEP.

UC STEP was created to provide high school students the opportunity to develop a countywide community service around a topic they feel is important, while teaching them leadership and personal growth skills and responsibility within their communities.

A total of 195 sophomores and junior high school students from 27 high schools throughout Union County participated in the annual program, which took place in December 2015 at Kean University in Union.

Team Red’s campaign “Garments & Gear – Greatness for Years” won the Civic Engagement Challenge and will be the county-wide community service project undertaken by participating Union County high schools in 2016.

“Garments & Gear – Greatness for Years” will focus on giving less fortunate athletes equipment needed to excel in sports. By collecting items and fundraising to purchase additional supplies, the goal of this program is to give under-privileged athletes the opportunity to play a sport by providing the necessary gear.

Team Red consisted of 15 students from 12 high schools; Anandah Gomez (Barack Obama High School), Erin Readie (Cranford High School), Lindsay Lathrop (David Brearley High School), Ja’Quan Mial (John E. Dwyer Academy), Brendon Joseph Birch (Linden High School), Jasmin Finney-Tillman (Linden High School), Hannah Caminiti (New Providence High School), Jake Canavan (Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School), Taylor Diggs (Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School), Ian MacPherson (Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School), Sheydline Moise (St. Mary’s High School), Shawn Ferreira (UC Vo-Tech High School), Hannah Criollo (Union High School), Marissa Berriios (Roselle Catholic), Jacob Franklin Fopossi Nyemdom (Plainfield High School)

Blue

Blue

Totes of Love

Will focus on creating tote bags filled with personal care items for children who are in foster care programs or homeless shelters. The bags will include pajamas, socks, toiletries, blankets, a toy or book, a journal and a note of encouragement. “Totes of Love” will give recipients a sense of security, stability and encouragement in their time of need.

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Light Blue

Light Blue

Students Supporting Seniors

Provides companionship and resources to senior citizens. By students hosting a series of events, Seniors will be provided with not only friendship but activities that will improve their health and happiness. Participating schools will raise money to help sponsor events such as a game night, movie night, or craft night. The culminating activity will be a “Senior” prom that will provide senior’s with a memorable night out.

Red

Red

Garments & Gear – Greatness for Years

will focus on giving less fortunate athletes equipment needed to excel in sports. By collecting items and fundraising to purchase additional supplies, the goal of this program is to give under-privileged athletes the opportunity to play a sport by providing the necessary gear.

Purple

Purple

Hope – 4 – Homeless

provides lifestyle necessities that would enhance the lives of the homeless. Items such as toiletries, socks, coats, and work attire will be collected and distributed to deserving individuals. These care packages will help improve the lives of the homeless and help those who are unemployed find work.

Maroon

Maroon

Paws for a Cause

is a collection project that will directly benefit animal shelters in Union County. The collection of pet related items such as food and toys is only a small portion of this project. The key fundraising event for this initiative will be an animal fair. This fun event will include pet themed booths, games, a pet contest, and live entertainment. Of course pets will be welcome!