Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders


The Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program is a day-long summit that invites high school sophomores and juniors from throughout Union County to participate in hands-on activities focused on leadership, personal growth, and civic engagement.

UC STEP cover photoUC STEP is more than just a student seminar event. Students are 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.

The 2013 winning community service initiative, “Support 4 Soldiers,” 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!

The 2014 winning community service initiative, “Donate to Educate”- Schools Supplying Schools, involved a school supply drive throughout Union County. As a result of our joint efforts with the Boys & Girls Club of Union County and Ivy Visions, Inc., we were able to assemble over 200 backpacks! Please check our “Donate to Educate” link for more information!