UCC’s YouthBuild Students Kick It At ‘Sneaker Ball’ Prom

Students in UCC’s YouthBuild program celebrated a night of style and fun while highlighting the strides in their individual journeys at a recent “Sneaker Ball” prom.

Held on April 25 in partnership with Leaders for Life, the celebration not only showcased fashion-forward attire but also highlighted the journey of resilience and determination undertaken by the students. YouthBuild, a national initiative, provides education, job training, and leadership development opportunities to young adults who have faced barriers to traditional education and employment.

During the prom, which took place at the Costa del Sol venue in Union, students and program staff members alike traded in formal dress shoes and heels for stylish sneakers, which in many ways stand as a symbol of each person’s unique style and character. The fusion of formalwear and footwear created a visually striking atmosphere, reflecting the diversity and creativity within the YouthBuild program.

The evening was not only filled with style but with memorable moments as well. The prom featured lively music, dancing, delicious cuisine, and inspiring speeches from program leaders.

As the night was capped with the traditional crowning of the prom king and queen, it also provided students an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate their achievements, foster connections, and promote self-expression.


UCC honors and recognizes the incredible successes of its YouthBuild students and was proud to host this event to celebrate their remarkable accomplishments. To learn more about UCC’s YouthBuild program, visit https://uccnewark.org/youth-build/.

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