Grant to Fund the “Pathways Promotes Healthier Habits” project
Sustainable Jersey for Schools representatives announced that Pathways, the School Based Youth Services (SBYSP) program of Wellspring Center for Prevention, has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant.
Pathways is one of thirty schools and districts in New Jersey to receive a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant funded by the New Jersey Department of Health in this funding cycle.
“This grant will enable Pathways SBYSP will continue offering healthy food options to students who come for recreation, groups and events,” noted Program Director Lauren Balkan. “We are so pleased to be able to continue to improve the wellbeing of the students in the Carteret School District”, added Ms. Balkan.
Funding from the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant will enable Pathways to implement a breakfast club that incorporates mind/body wellness on a monthly basis; and includes mindfulness, yoga, nutrition, fitness and other wellness education/activities. Carteret High School students will also become mentors to Carteret middle school students who will be offered two eight-week after-school sessions to promote physical activity; such as karate, volleyball or kick boxing.
Currently, 273 districts and 679 schools have registered to work toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. “Sustainable schools are healthy schools, and schools that promote health and well-being will see benefits,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “These grants, funded by the New Jersey Department of Health, will support schools as they tackle important health and wellness actions.”
The New Jersey Department of Health is funding the grants through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant. The grants will be administered by three of the Department of Health’s regional partners: AtlantiCare (south), EmPoWER Somerset (central) and The Center for Prevention and Counseling (north).
The Pathways SBYSP is funded by the Department of Children and Families, Office of School Linked Services.