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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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JUN
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Carteret Proclaims GSA Day

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This past Saturday marked a special day for Pathways Gender & Sexuality Alliance Club and the borough of Carteret as June 10th, 2017 was proclaimed Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Day by Mayor Daniel Reiman. The borough honored GSA day by conducting a Pride flag raising ceremony at the Memorial Municipal Building of Carteret. Mayor Daniel Reiman acknowledged the importance of GSA groups in schools and highlighted the positive impacts GSAs have on youth identifying as LGBT. The ceremony, led by the mayor, included a moving poetry reading by Carteret High School alumni and founding GSA member. A current senior and GSA member honored the lives lost last June in the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting with heartfelt words and a moment of silence. Congressman Frank Pallone was in attendance and shared a few words regarding his support of the LGBT community and participation in Pride events. The Pathways GSA presented the...
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JUN
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SADD Club Runs Several Events to Tackle Issues of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at Carteret High School

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What do 300 Hershey’s Kisses, 200 hard candies, 175 fidget toys, and 6 journals add up to? More than 675 Carteret High School student-contacts by Pathway’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club members on one busy day in May! In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, hundreds of CHS students were awarded prizes by SADD Club members for answering quiz questions about mental health issues. Here’s how it worked: teams of SADD members traversed the cafeteria throughout all lunch periods, challenging students to answer questions such as: “What are two healthy ways to cope when you are very upset?,” “What are two warning signs of a person who may be suicidal?,” and “How can you help a friend struggling with depression or suicide risk?” Students were also challenged with “MYTH OR FACT?” questions related to suicide and mental health. Any student who participated received a prize, and many students helped one...
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Monster Mini Golf with Dads

Monster Mini Golf with Dads
An active, involved, positive father role has numerous effects on all aspects of a young person’s life. Many feel that the role that fathers play in their children’s life has been downplayed and marginalized, adding to the fatherless crisis we now face. The State of NJ, Department of Children and Families has made fatherhood a priority issue. In addition to the many other programs and educational efforts, school based youth services programs across the state have made efforts to educate communities about the importance of father involvement, as well as to engage fathers in positive activities with their children. On Saturday April 8th The Pathways Program sponsored a mini golf event for children in 3-5th grades and their fathers or father figures. This is Pathways’ second event this year that focused on supporting and celebrating the important role that fathers have in their children’s life. This event was made possible through...
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MAR
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Olympic Champion to Hold Meet & Greet on March 23rd!

Olympic Champion to Hold Meet & Greet on March 23rd!
Laurie Hernandez is the 16-year-old gymnast, gold medalist, best-selling author and “Dancing With The Stars” winner. She will be at Pathways, School-Based Youth Services program at Carteret High School on Thursday, March 23rd from 4:30pm to 9pm to meet and greet area residents. Attendees who pre-purchase Laurie’s book “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” (HarperCollins) can have their picture taken with the star Olympian. Advance Book purchase from BOOKENDS is required for entry to the event. Children 6 years and above must pre-purchase a book from BOOKENDS to meet Laurie and get a photo. Parent(s) can accompany child in line. Only those who purchase a book from BOOKENDS will be allowed in the photo. Books can be purchased online at: www.mkt.com/bookends or by calling Bookends 201-445-0726 before March 21st. Books are $20 each plus a processing fee. A portion of the proceeds benefit Wellspring Center for Prevention, a non-profit, community-based...
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DEC
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New Jersey Statewide GSA Forum

New Jersey Statewide GSA Forum
By: Mason Bolano, Carteret High School  student   The budding GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) club at Pathways attended the 13th annual GSA Forum in Perth Amboy on Saturday November 19th. GSAs from across the state came together at the Perth Amboy High School to learn more about LGBT topics and ways to be better members of the community or better ways to be allies. A particular hit with our students was the LGBTree, where students were instructed to write down any labels they identify with (such as ally, trans, gay, etc) on one side of a leaf, and an inspirational message to the community on the other side. They then attached their leaf to the tree and were invited to look at other messages.  The GSA was fortunate to have eleven of its members attend the forum, to learn more information and to bring information back to assist in the running...
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DEC
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One Step Closer to College

One Step Closer to College
On October 28th   Carteret High School students were offered the opportunity to attend Part 1 of the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) information session provided by Cheryl White, Associate University Director of Financial Aid at Rutgers. This is the second year that Mrs. White and her team has agreed to provide such a wonderful service to the students here at Carteret High School; helping them understand the FAFSA process and completing their application. This event is sponsored by Pathways SBYSP “What’s Next…” a program designed to encourage students to view various school alternatives and career opportunities, as well as help those who are considering college after graduating from high school. On the initial presentation day, students are invited to come during their lunch and view an enlightening power-point presentation, as well as receive pertinent information to help answer questions or concern they may have regarding the FAFSA form for college....
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DEC
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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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DEC
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A Thanksgiving Tradition

A Thanksgiving Tradition
In keeping with a long standing annual tradition, the older adults in the Carteret community, along with the special needs population, came to Carteret High School to celebrate Thanksgiving one day early. The event is hosted by Pathways School Based Youth Services and members of the various Pathways clubs act as servers and prize runners to ensure an enjoyable Thanksgiving meal. In addition to the Pathways volunteers, students from Ladies of Royalty, National Honor Society and Jobs for American Graduates participated. The student volunteers for this event shine as they serve and converse with the older adults of their community. The competition to become volunteers for this event is fierce as this is one of the favorite events of the year for students. The high school choir, Varsity Vocals, and the Band provided wonderful holiday entertainment. The delicious food was provided by Maschios catering and paid for by the Carteret School...
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NOV
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“Buddy Knight” Prom Decorations

“Buddy Knight” Prom Decorations
By: Kimberly Hill, MSW Intern and GSA Club Advisor @ Pathways On November 18, 2016, the Knights of Columbus Council #1280 invited Pathway’s PALS (Partnering, Achieving, Leading, and Supporting) students to interact and connect with individuals who have disabilities. PALS students participate monthly with “Buddy Knight” and this month’s event was dedicated to assisting individuals who have disabilities, creating an art project that will later be used for their very own prom night. It is recognized that many of these young people will not participate in their own prom, but this program is working on creating a night to remember. PALS students spread positivity and happiness throughout the evening as they assisted program participants with painting water bottles, which will eventually become beautiful strings of flower lights. This monthly Buddy Knight event provided students the opportunity to take part in leadership skill building and community service, as well as to reap...
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