UII: Leadership Boot Camp

Our flagship program is our annual summer Leadership Boot Camp. Now in our 5th consecutive year, the Leadership Boot Camp is a collaborative community partnership program in which every summer, students enrolled in Essex County College, regional colleges, and local Newark high schools are given summer employment and, in turn, learn comprehensive civic and leadership development skills in a safe, innovative and “out the box” learning environment. Here are the present Boot Camp stipulations:

  • Must be between 16 and 24 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in high school or college, or registered to begin college in the approaching academic year
  • Must be a Newark resident
  • 6 weeks of paid summer work
  • 16 total hours of employment, Monday-Thursday schedule


What do we do at the summer Leadership Boot Camp? The Boot Camp curriculum is designed to offer an out the box, innovative curriculum that every student wishes their school would offer on a daily basis. Our goal is to provide the kind of educational experience that every student wishes they had! Our main areas of focus are: Financial Literacy and Economic Empowerment; Civics, Cultural and Historical Awareness; New Media Technology and Computer Literacy; and Physical and Emotional Health and Wellness. In other words, at the Boot Camp students can expect to:

  • Create and pitch their own business ideas
  • Exercise…sweat and learn skills in meditation and holistic living
  • Engage local government officials and become civically aware about questions of policy, business and take trips like to the local City Hall and County facilities
  • Use social media in creative ways to enhance their academic or professional goals (like starting their own websites or blogs to market an online business)


By the end of the six weeks, students have been through a life-changing experience and come out as better people. See our photo gallery from the past 5 years of boot camp programming



Other UII programs:

Annual Voter Registration Scholarship Program
Annual Hip Hop Summit
Fireside Chat Lecture Series
Urban Issues Around the World Lecture Series
AIDS Awareness

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