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Carteret Middle School Students Treated to Attitudes in Reverse Presentation

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By Lisa Lussier, Clinician I On March 27th, approximately 150 8th grade students at Carteret Middle School were treated to a special presentation on mental health education and awareness, by Tricia Baker from Attitudes in Reverse (AIR.) This presentation was made possible through a grant from the State of New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission. Attitudes in Reverse’s mission is to create a community of understanding, kindness and empathy through mental health education and awareness. The goal of suicide prevention and education so that no one is misjudged or criticize, because of a biological-based brain illness was the prevailing message of the presentation. The Baker family founded Attitudes in Reverse after the devastating loss of their son Kenny, who bravely battled depression and anxiety and the stigma of this illness. In May 2009, Kenny ended his pain and ended his life. Sadly the discrimination continued after Kenny’s death and from this discrimination...
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Pathways Youth Take a Trip to Count Basie Theatre

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By Lisa Lussier, Clinician I -Pathways Through a grant from the State of New Jersey Juvenile Justice System, staff at the Pathways School Based Youth Services Program, took twenty middle school students to the Count Basie Theatre, in Red Bank New Jersey. Staff and students had the pleasure of watching a performance of the Mayhem Poets. This diverse three-man show combines elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand up comedy, to deliver powerful and positive messages. For some of our students, this was their first theatre experience and they shared how enjoyable it was to see a live performance. A few of the students shared that they now see poetry in a whole new light, as a great way to express their feelings. One student said that he now thinks of poetry as “cool and not just a boring subject he is forced to learn about in school.” The attendances...
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Pathways' PALS Students Volunteer at NJ Ozanum Family Shelter

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by Jelysa Hernandez, MSW Clinician and PALS Advisor On Wednesday, January 25th, 16 CHS Pathways’ PALS community service group students took a trip to volunteer at the NJ Ozanum Family Shelter. Although the students find personal fulfillment through each volunteer event, this process was unique. PALS students prepped months beforehand to raise money for the family shelter through a bake sale, in which all goods were contributed solely by the students. Students then used the money raised to buy enough sandwich materials to make 100 sandwich bags, each included a sandwich, drink, snack, and condiments. Students participated in “Sandwich Night” after school on January 24th, a day prior to the trip to make the sandwiches and organize the bags. Once students arrived to the family shelter on the following day, they engaged with both children and adults alike in a compassionate way. Everyone extended their gratitude to the students and were...
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Pathways Hosts Celebration of Fatherhood Event

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On Saturday November 18th, Pathways hosted a Celebration of Fatherhood at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Edison, NJ. We had two primary messages for the day, “building a future together” and “every child needs a leading man”. Almost 100 youth ages 10-16 and their father or father figures attended this all day event focused on the importance of the father role and providing information and resources to enable fathers to step into this role more confidently. Most of the participants were from Carteret, NJ, Pathways’ home base, but several families came from surrounding towns. The day began with Mr. Jonathan Sims, an inspirational and motivating speaker who connected with the audience on the importance of being a champion for your child. His speech began with both father and child developing their champion stance and their champion yell. He concluded the presentation by creating a youth huddle, so the young people could...
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PALS Students Volunteer at NJ Veteran’s Memorial Home

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by Christopher Flores, MSW Intern On Friday October 27th, 20 Carteret high school students took a trip to volunteer at the NJ Veteran’s Memorial Home. Although students were going with the intention of serving others, each student stated that they received more than they gave. Each veteran was escorted by a student to the main hall to participate in various activities. Students brought board games, played trivia, “exercised” with the veterans using balloons and paddles, and Pathways intern, Dylan, played his guitar for the crowd. Students were encouraged to have individual conversations with anyone who wanted to talk. The reality is that among the many disorders veterans face such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression, the one unfortunate issue that can be forgotten is loneliness. According to Robert H. Pietrzak, Director at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, loneliness was the most prominent risk factor...
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3rd Annual Pathways Fatherhood Bowling Event Brings Joy to Participants

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Written by Lisa Lussier, LSW, MSW On Saturday October 7th, Pathways held their third annual Fatherhood Bowling event, at the Woodbridge Bowling Center on Main Street in Woodbridge. The event created a fun and interactive platform for middle and high school students and their fathers or a significant male in the child’s life to spend the afternoon together. This wonderful event was made possible through a grant from the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives, as a way to celebrate the important role a father or significant male figure can play in a child’s life. Almost one hundred participants attended the event, including community members from the United States Army, the Carteret Police Department, Carteret Middle School and even the father of a Pathways employee. The entire bowling center was reserved for this event. Participants were treated to bowling, professional family pictures, food and fun. To help the good times continue,...
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SADD Takes Steps to Raise Suicide Awareness

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by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor Sharpie markers hovered in the hands of students over a banner while they thoughtfully considered their responses to the question posed, “How Can You Support Someone Who Is Feeling Down?” Pathway’s SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) at Carteret High School took a multipronged approach to National Suicide Prevention Week/Month this year, with several activities that encouraged students to be more aware of the warning signs of suicide, and be supportive of people who may have suicidal feelings. Throughout lunch periods in the cafeteria on 9/11, nearly 100 students wrote on the banner their methods for raising other’s spirits. Some advice was simple and straightforward: “Be nice,” Give them a hug,” “Try to make them laugh,” “Love them for who they are,” “Be someone’s smile,” “Tell them, “You have a purpose.” Others offered these insights: “Every day is a new day,...
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Pathways Completes Another Successful Summer Camp!

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by Jelysa Hernandez, LSW, Pathways Clinician and PALS Club Advisor What did you do over the summer? A familiar question for children everywhere. If you are a teenager, the answer isn’t always very exciting. However, if you went to Pathways summer program it would be. Our participants can say they met new people, found a best friend, learned yoga and kickboxing, painted an jungle landscape, saw life size sculptures, went to a water park and an amusement park, learned about suicide and met a therapy dog, learned a love of theater or dance and most importantly found their ability to be silly. This year, camp was composed of 47 Carteret youth between the ages of 13-18 who came daily for four weeks from 9:30-2:30. Participants pay a small registration fee and do not have to pay any additional fees for weekly trips. A delicious and nutritious lunch is also provided free...
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Pathways Holds Successful Fatherhood Event

Pathways Holds Successful Fatherhood Event
Pathways School Based Youth Services program at Carteret High School is invested in the Fathers Matter campaign and has received a grant from the Office of Faith Based Initiatives to bolster the father focused programming. There is a growing body of research and data which demonstrates that a father’s presence in a young persons’ life has a great impact. The research concludes that children with fathers present have fewer behavioral problems, do better in school and are better off economically. This information is so vitally important because of the swiftly ascending numbers of fatherless families in this country. Within a decade, two parent household dropped by 1.2 million. The result, according to the US Census, is that 1 in 3 children live in father-absent homes. An active, involved, and positive father role has numerous effects on all aspects of a young person’s life. Many feel that the role fathers play in...
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Social Media and Its Effect on Our Youth – We’re Spreading the Message of Prevention

Social Media and Its Effect on Our Youth – We’re Spreading the Message of Prevention
By Nicki Francis, BA, Preventionist On Tuesday December 8, Wellspring Center for Prevention presented to 1,300 students at Colonia High School. This program covered topics including: making good choices about social media; which apps that are popular with youth? And, the law and how it currently applies to sexting and Cyberbullying. The program also featured an education component including: how to keep yourself safe on the internet and to realize the importance of how what you post can have lasting effects on your future.Here are the facts: Sexual predators find, stalk, and assault victims through social media.Sexting (texting sexual content) can be a big problem. When teens post sexy photos or comments online, it can lead to criminal charges and child pornography. 88 percent of "private" sexual images posted to social media are stolen and publicly posted on porn sites without the subject's knowledge.Cyber-bullying is commonplace online, causes emotional trauma, and...
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