The County of Union is pleased to announce it will be hosting the 2nd annual UC STEP Summit on Friday, December 12, 2014 at Kean University! The Summit is a day-long program that invites high school sophomores and juniors from throughout Union County to participate in hands-on activities focused on leadership, responsibility and community.
UC STEP is more than just a student seminar event. Students will be given the opportunity to attend breakout sessions focused on personal growth and leadership while collaborating with others to work through the day’s activities. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in workshops such as “You be the Judge,” which focuses on crafting effective elevator speeches, and “How to be an Effective Leader,” which focuses on identifying the diversity, concerns and values of others.
The headline event of UC STEP, the Civic Engagement Challenge, brings students together to brainstorm and create a county-wide community service campaign to be enacted through the Freeholder Board in connection with Union County students. The service initiative that receives the most votes at UC STEP and via the online poll will become the countywide project undertaken by participating Union County high schools. The school that shows the most involvement, enthusiasm, and creativity for the project is eligible to win the $1,000 START NOW Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Last year’s winning community service initiative, “Support 4 Soldiers,” won the Civic Engagement challenge with 1,800 votes cast. This community service campaign involved a coordinated drive to collect items for care packages to be shipped to our military troops overseas. At the culmination of the campaign, 250 care packages were prepared for our troops in conjunction with Union County’s partner, Bonds of Courage. Please check our “Support 4 Soldiers” link for more information!