Union County, NJ – Student members of the Union County SHOUT-UC Youth Board are planning a unique community service project that combines the excitement of the trap karaoke phenomenon with a chance for young people to help their peers. The new “SHOUT-UC Youth Trap Karaoke” event is designed to raise donations of food for youth in the juvenile probation system.

SHOUT-UC stands for Students Helping Out in Union County, a program of the County’s Youth Services Division in the Department of Human Services. The program connects students with volunteer opportunities that help them develop life skills, meet academic goals and achieve employment readiness.

“When students on our SHOUT Youth Board were presented with a problem, they came up with a solution that helps build a community of mutual support,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “They are planning a fun and enriching event that joins young people together to lend a helping hand and make a positive impact.”

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“The members of the Youth Board created this community service project when they learned that food scarcity is an issue for youth in the probation system,” explained Bergen. “Donations from the event will help ensure that youth in the system have access to nourishing food during their mandatory visits to the probation office.”

The Youth Trap Karaoke event is an evening of interactive music and performance that blends karaoke with a concert sing-a-long experience tailored to youth. It is created and produced by students on the Youth Board, who will lead the participants as MC and DJ. Adult members of the Youth Services Advisory Board are also providing guidance and assistance.

Trap is a popular music genre that includes hip-hop and R&B performers such as Drake, Future, Migos, and Kanye West, which are integrated into the karaoke experience.

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.

SHOUT-UC Trap Karaoke will take place on Friday August 11, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 80 West Grand Street in Elizabeth.

The event is free with a food donation but space is limited. Pre-registration is required by filling out the online Trap Karaoke form at ucnj.org/youth.

Participants must be ages 13-18 and must bring their school identification.

Suggested donations include granola or cereal bars, non-perishable fruit cups and packages of dried fruit as well as snack items, bottled water and juice boxes.

For more information contact Latoya Bennett, Division of Youth Services at 908-558-2520 or lbennett@ucnj.org.

Persons interested in making additional donations of non-perishable food after August 11 may bring items to the Youth Services Bureau, 288 North Broad Street in Elizabeth during regular business hours.