Hillside High School participated in the Union County STEP youth development program in December 2018. The students were broken up into groups and worked on the UC STEP Civic Engagement challenge. In February, Omar Chambers, a junior at Hillside High, along with his team members from other Union County schools were victorious. Their campaign, “Link Up for Life-5k”, a service project for suicide prevention will be implemented throughout Union County. Hillside High will have the opportunity to implement the program and compete with other schools for a chance to win a $1,000 grant.