The County of Union hosted its first UC STEP Summit on December 13, 2013! This year’s event, hosted by Kean University, brought together 192 high school sophomores and juniors from 26 high schools across the County to participate in hands-on activities focused on leadership, responsibility and community. UC STEP is more than just a student seminar event. Students were given the opportunity to attend breakout sessions focused on leadership and personal growth while collaborating with others to work through the day’s activities. The students participated in workshops such as “You be the Judge”, which focused on crafting effective elevator speeches, and “How to be an Effective Leader”, which focused on identifying the diversity, concerns and values of others.
The headline event of UC STEP, the Civic Engagement Challenge brought students together to brainstorm and create a county-wide community service campaign which was enacted through the Freeholder Board in connection with Union County students.
Group Lavender’s campaign “Support 4 Soldiers”, won the Civic Engagement vote with 1,800 votes cast. Their community service campaign will include a coordinated drive to collect items to be used in care packages for active military troops. Collection sites will be located in local schools, movie theaters, and libraries. Please check our “Support 4 Soldiers” link for upcoming information on how you can participate!