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Summer Leadership Program Planned For Bergen County Students In Hackensack

The Volunteer Center of Bergen County will be offering two sessions of a one-week summer service and leadership program for local students this summer.
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County will be offering two sessions of a one-week summer service and leadership program for local students this summer. Photo Credit: Melissa LaRobardeir

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A summer leadership program for students is planned by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.

The program, Ready Set Serve, is scheduled for June 27-30 for students entering 6 through 10th grades in September 2016.

The session will be held at the Volunteer Center in Hackensack from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Ready, Set, Serve students will be immersed in a week of interactive activities, learning leadership skills that will help them make a difference in their schools and communities.

The focus of Ready, Set, Serve is community service. Through a state-of–the-art curriculum that includes both classroom instruction and experiential training, students will participate in challenging exercises including community needs analysis, goal setting, team building, project planning, decision making and other dynamic leadership skills.

The Ready, Set, Serve experience continues beyond the one week in summer. Participants will continue to meet regularly from September through May to discuss and work on individual or group service projects. A graduation presentation will be held at the end of the program.

“The ultimate purpose of Ready, Set, Serve is to help create stronger communities - and a stronger nation - by igniting in young people the ability and desire to make meaningful, lifelong contributions to their communities,” says Debbie Emery, Community Volunteer Services Director at the Volunteer Center. “Students participating in this program will have a great activity to add to their high school applications, as well as service hours they can use to meet requirements of schools and religious institutions.”

Cost is $350 per student, which includes all class materials, snacks, beverages and lunch on the Thursday closing session. Students provide their own lunch the other days. The deadline for application is May 31.

Click here for more information , call 201-489-9454 ext. 202 or email demery@bergenvolunteers.org.

The Bergen Volunteer Center strengthens the community by connecting people through service and developing civic leaders.

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