Students ages 12 to 16 are invited to “Youth Chella,” a silent party scheduled for Friday, August 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Union County’s Watchung Reservation at the Trailside Nature and Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

Admission and refreshments are free with the donation of a snack item. The donations will be provided to students in the County’s juvenile probation program.

“Youth Chella is a unique new recreation activity that enables teens to experience the popular ‘silent party’ trend in the beautiful setting of the Watchung Reservation, while also giving back to the community and supporting their peers,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados.

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The idea for Youth Chella came from student members of the Union County Youth Board, who were inspired by the opportunity to link the silent party trend with outdoor music festivals like Coachella and others.

In a silent party, there is no sound system. Instead, participants are provided with wireless headphones that broadcast music via a radio transmitter.

“Silent parties enable people to enjoy great music and interact with each other, without having to shout over high-volume speakers,” said Chairman Granados. “We hope that the Youth Chella experience will encourage teens to come out to our County parks for more healthy outdoor activities.” 

Pre-registration for Youth Chella is required online at ucnj.org/youth. Participants must be ages 12-18 and bring their school identification.

Participants may also bring blankets, lawn chairs and umbrellas. Free parking is available at the Trailside parking lot and nearby at the Loop playground.

Members of the Youth Board work to create events that engage their peers in fun, safe and purpose-driven activities, helping to strengthen community bonds and promote health awareness, life skills, leadership, employment and academic achievement.

For more information about the Youth Board call the Union County Division of Youth Services at 908-558-2520 or visit ucnj.org/youth.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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