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United Way Youth Empowerment Alliance
When improving school culture and climate, student engagement is key to success! There are many avenues by which United Way Youth Empowerment Alliance brings youth into conversations, ensures they feel empowered, and involves them directly in the process of creating their own success. Here are some examples of how we work to engage students:
Student Culture and Climate Teams
Each school engaged in the School Culture and Climate Initiative develops both staff and student culture and climate teams early on in the process. The student teams, comprised of diverse groups of students, review student data from a culture and climate survey we administer at each school, and through conversation that we help facilitate, identify strengths and opportunities. Based upon these findings, the teams develop and implement plans which they then share and engage with the rest of the student body.
We convene middle school students from different schools to work together to create positive change in their school environments. At our Student Summits, these students share best practices and challenges, and work together to determine how to engage the rest of their student bodies in implementing sustainable and positive change.
To learn more about our Student Summits held in Morris County, email Robyn Ulmer, or call 973.993.1160, x142.
To check out Student Summit programs from past years and explore what students did to implement real positive change in Morris county middle schools, click on the links below:
PDF 2015 Challenge Booklet
PDF 2014 Celebration Program
PDF 2012 Celebration Program
United Way supports a robust Student Summit in Sussex County, hosted by Center for Prevention and Counseling. The Summit engages nearly 1,000 students annually to help students develop social and emotional skills, including leadership and peaceful conflict resolution, and a safe, supportive school climate.
To learn more about our Sussex County Student Summit, click here.