The Annual THRIVE Student Conference and Opportunity Fair
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The Annual THRIVE Student Conference and Opportunity Fair provides a platform for college students and young people to come together and explore opportunities to make a positive impact in their communities. The event showcases the passion and creativity of the next generation of leaders and encourages them to pursue their goals with determination and purpose.
Choose to RSVP either as a Student or Professional.
Ensure your email address is correct in order to receive instructions on Steps 2 & 3.
Information on Themes will be received.
Students: Decide on a Theme or Presentation
Professionals: Decide on your Topic for Engaging with Students at the Opportunity Fair
Students: Submit your Conference Presentation Proposal
Professionals: Propose Your Topic for Engaging With Students at the Opportunity Fair
Await an official approval from our team at Engage NJ.
The THRIVE student conference features a wide range of opportunities for students to connect and learn from one another about their experiences with engaging in communities through research, volunteering, community-engaged or service learning, civic leadership, environmental clubs, voter campaigns, and more… but we go one step further…the Opportunity Fair provides an interactive space for students to learn from and work with professionals to develop your skills, interests, and pathways to meaningful careers.
Despite the numerous priorities and challenges students face, we are inspired to see students acting to preserve our democracy, advocating for the rights of young people and future generations to a healthy environment in which to live, and working together against inequality and injustice in communities across the state, across the world. Engage NJ (formerly New Jersey Campus Compact) is building a STUDENT CIVIC NETWORK TO THRIVE, in partnership with all the colleges and universities in New Jersey and across the region. This will include several exciting awards and fellowship opportunities we are launching at the conference.
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THEMES TO BE ADDRESSED AT THE STUDENT CONFERENCE
DIVERSITY: Increasing diversity in community engagement
CULTURAL COMPETENCY: Understanding others
ADVOCACY: How and why to advocate
DIGITAL DISINFORMATION: How to critique digital information
PRESERVING DEMOCRACY: The daily fight to preserve American democracy
CLIMATE CHANGE: Awareness, responsibility, and accountability
FOOD AND HOUSING INSECURITY: Another huge issue on campuses and in communities
Any other topic you don’t see listed but want to present on
THEMES TO BE ADDRESSED AT THE OPPORTUNITY FAIR
These opportunities will take place in zones as outlined below – the Work Zone & Opportunity Zone - with each Zone catering to a particular area of networking or upskilling and will be available throughout the day.
OPPORTUNITY FAIR - WORK ZONE
How to frame experiences to market yourself using the buzz words related to transferable competencies for a 21st-century workplace – workshop your elevator pitch, resume, interview responses
Learn about the process and value of professional networking, appropriate dress, and manner, and managing your social media accounts so that they reflect you in a professional and positive light
OPPORTUNITY FAIR - OPPORTUNITY ZONE
Learn about the Engage NJ database of opportunities called “Student Opportunities for Success (SOS)”
Learn about how various professionals have allowed themselves to be patient and flexible in exploring different pathways and experiences to find the job they love
Learn about actual opportunities for different fields that align with non-profit vs. corporate pathways, loan forgiveness programs, how to find happiness in non-profit vs. corporate such as public interest work through the law, medicine, public health, and more
Learn about service career pathways and education awards – with AmeriCorps, VISTA, Engage NJ ENGAGECorps, Engage NJ Changebuilders, and PeaceCorps
This event was made possible with the generous support
of our funder.