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BE THE CHANGE: The 2013 Be Unlimited Youth Engagement Summit

When: Monday, November 25th

Where: The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey / Campus Event Center

101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205

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The goal of The 2013 Be Unlimited Youth Engagement Summit is to spark a movement of change.  Young people deserve the right to represent their own interests and have their voices heard.  Our youth engagement summit will give them a platform for this.

The summit is being organized to provide meaningful opportunities for area youth (in grades 6 through 8) to work in partnership with community leaders, educators, business owners, and youth advocates all committed to seeing them reach their highest potential in life.

The theme of this year’s summit is: Be The Change.  On Monday, November 25th, approximately 60 area youth will assemble at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to exchange ideas and share specific suggestions for how they want to improve their communities.  Working closely with Project Managers (community leaders, educators, business owners, and youth advocates), they will plan and organize service projects to be carried out through spring 2014.

Many of today’s youth think critically and believe in a better world.  They want to be a part of positive social change.  Involvement in service projects will allow them to create and/or offer new and possibly better solutions to the challenges facing their communities today.

Projecting The Future

The future of any community depends on how well it can engage its most promising resource: young people.  The Be Unlimited Youth Engagement Summit aims to make young people more connected, more action oriented, and more forward thinking than they might have been before.

This year’s summit will provide an opportunity for participating youth to take a project from beginning to end.  They will develop a strategic action plan to implement their service project, which will include: establishing timelines, identifying resources needed, determining how the impact of their initiative will be measured, etc.

More businesses and organizations are expecting their professionals to have some experience in the area of project management.  Students engaged in project management generally become skilled at carrying out the various activities connected with a project: how to map out the steps of a project, how to set and accomplish goals and objectives, how to communicate those goals and objectives to sponsors and stakeholders, as well as team members, etc.

Participating youth will gain innumerable benefits from their involvement in the completion of a service project— an increased sense of pride in themselves and their community, improved social skills and interpersonal behavior, reduced involvement in misconduct and risky behavior, greater technology literacy, improved grades and work habits, workplace readiness, and so much more.

A Mutual Exchange

Youth engagement happens when young people make their voices heard and adult leaders truly listen.  The 2013 Be Unlimited Youth Engagement Summit will initiate a mutual exchange between youth and adult leaders, structured so that both sides can contribute, teach, and learn from each other.  Each side will benefit from learning to better understand and value the feelings, ideas, and opinions of the other.

Another goal of this initiative is to increase the involvement of young people who are interested in change, but are not leadership oriented.  The summit is intended to engage them in critical and constructive discussions amongst their peers and adult leaders.  We hope this initiative will inspire all participants to become lifelong agents of positive change wherever they go.

This extraordinary event will provide youth with opportunities to be better, to be inspired, and to be unlimited.  We look forward to incredible success for participating youth, adult leaders, partnering agencies, and all the communities that will benefit from this movement of positive change.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8:30 am

Registration

Breakfast

9:00

Welcome / Keynote Address ‘Be The Change

9:10

Be The Revolution’ — Short Film Presentation

BREAKOUT SESSION #1

9:30-10:15

“A Map For The Future”

Presenters: Steve Gamrat & Dennis Janitz, Certified Peer Educators

Description: The importance of setting goals; the relationship between our values, decisions, and goals; looking at what prevents us from achieving our goals and what specific steps we can take to help us achieve our goals will be explored. 

“Talk About It”

Presenter: Luanne C. Anton, Health Educator

Description: Ways in which we communicate; improving communication skills, effective listening skills, expressing our feelings and accepting the feelings of others, and dealing with conflict; looking at assertive and aggressive communication styles.

9:30-11:05*

“College 101”

Presenter: Tracy Lisk, Assistant Director of Admissions

Description: Students will get an introduction to college life– from the application process to how to choose an area of study and zero in on future careers. This extended session will also include a tour of the college campus.

BREAKOUT SESSION #2

10:25-11:05

“Community InterAction”

Presenters: Participating Agencies / Organizations

Description: Representatives from participating service agencies and organizations will be on-hand to speak with students about the work that they do.  These interactions will hopefully spark ideas for service learning projects among students and/or create Project Manager matches. 

“A Map For The Future”

Presenters: Steve Gamrat & Dennis Janitz, Certified Peer Educators

Description: The importance of setting goals; the relationship between our values, decisions, and goals; looking at what prevents us from achieving our goals and what specific steps we can take to help us achieve our goals will be explored.

BREAKOUT SESSION #3

11:15-12 pm

“Dimensions of Wellness”

Presenters: Stephanie Jurkovic & Dominque Zappola, Certified Peer Educators

Description: Explore the various aspects of our lives that help to create wellness and good health. Learn about new ways to enhance these dimensions and begin to set goals for improvement and well-being.

“Managing Stress”

Presenter: Luanne C. Anton, Health Educator

Description: What stress is and the effects of stress will be discussed. A look at what causes stress, symptoms people experience as a result of stress, and positive ways to deal with and manage stress.

“Community InterAction”

Presenters: Participating Agencies / Organizations

Description: Representatives from participating service agencies and organizations will be on-hand to speak with students about the work that they do.  These interactions will hopefully spark ideas for service learning projects among students and/or create Project Manager matches.

12:05-12:50

Showcase Event / Covenant House

Presenter: Jennifer Williams, Director of Development South Jersey

12:55-1:00

Closing Words

Devan Be / Be Unlimited, LLC

1:00 pm

Lunch  ; Dismissal

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For more information about how to register for this event, please send inquiries to: contact@beunltd.com.

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