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SADD Students Educate Their Peers on Teen Dating Violence

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By Karolyn Estevez, Youth Development Specialist - Pathways February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. About 1.5 million teens nationwide experience dating violence from a dating partner in a single year. Pathways’ SADD club took charge of teen dating violence awareness month and spread education to their peers about the signs of teen dating violence and what to do if they or a friend were ever in a dating violence situation. SADD conducted a tabling event during the lunch periods to target the majority of the high school students and help bring awareness to the issue. SADD students educated peers on the facts about dating violence, as well as traits of healthy relationships through quiz questions for which the students won a Hershey kiss. Throughout the month SADD students conducted a flower sale event, the profits of which were donated to an organization that serves women who have been victims of...
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SEP
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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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MAR
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SADD “KISSING” BOOTH RAISES AWARENESS FOR TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

SADD “KISSING” BOOTH RAISES AWARENESS FOR TEEN DATING VIOLENCE
By Jacqulean Salib In honor of Teen Dating Awareness Month, Carteret High School SADD Club members held a “kissing” booth in the cafeteria on Valentine’s Day to educate fellow peers on teen dating violence. Students were given a chance to spin the wheel and answer questions pertaining to dating violence and healthy relationships. Students received a Hershey Kiss for each question they answered. Students were also able to purchase carnations at the “Kissing” booth for a $1 donation, and raised $100 for Women Aware. Dating violence is a widespread issue with serious long-term and short-term effects. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 21% of female high school students and 10% of male high school students experienced physical and/or sexual dating violence. Several students were unaware of the signs and effects of dating violence. The “kissing” booth provided students with a good learning experience as well as an awareness...
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FEB
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Soup Kitchen: A Time To Give Back

Soup Kitchen: A Time To Give Back
By Mason Bolano, SADD Officer/PALS Leader and Class Representative The winter season is the time of giving and making change. So, on December 13th, PALS students and volunteer chaperones worked together to donate their time to the Crescent Avenue Soup Kitchen in Plainfield in order to give back to those who need it the most. As students arrived, they were assigned a wide array of tasks from preparing foods that were going to be given out on the line during that day’s service, to arranging the hygiene bags made possible by a donation from Staff Synergies. Other students also worked together to organize donated coats and jackets for the coat drive that was happening at the kitchen that day. After those tasks were completed, something truly amazing happened. Students were working together to create utensil sets for a holiday event the kitchen would be holding, and with little to no outside...
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NOV
01
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Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention Walk: Carteret Students Join the Cause

Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention Walk: Carteret Students Join the Cause
By: Kimberly Hill, MSW Intern and GSA Club Advisor Suicide is reported to be the 2nd leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds in the country Everyday there is an average of 4800 suicide attempts by kids in grades 7-12 100 young lives are lost per week The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is considered one of the leading not-for-profit organizations focused on research, raising awareness and preventing suicide. Although society may stigmatize mental illness and suicidality, those who work together in order to advocate and support others can have a huge impact. In order to spread awareness of the prevalence and risk of suicide, the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention hosts annual Out of the Darkness walks to shed light on this epidemic. On October 2, 2016, 27 PALS and SADD club members from Carteret High School joined parents, friends and family in solidarity to unite against suicide. The...
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MAY
26
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SADD Students Ask "What Would You Do?" When Faced With Difficult Violent Scenarios

SADD Students Ask "What Would You Do?" When Faced With Difficult Violent Scenarios
by Tanaysha Wilson, Social Work Intern and Co-Advisor for SADD Club High school students are often faced with many social challenges and obstacles as they meet new people and encounter new experiences and relationships. As unfortunate as it may seem, our youth may come into contact with issues of violence, peer conflict, sexual assault, or dating abuse during their adolescent years. Since April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Youth Violence Prevention Month, members of Pathway’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club at Carteret High School set out to raise awareness amongst their peers. According to a 2014 report, 35.8% of sexual assaults occur when the victim is between the ages of 12 and 17 (American Psychological Association). Teens 16 to 19 years of age were 3½ times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault (National Crime Victimization Survey, 1996), and...
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MAR
31
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SADD Promotes Prom Safety

SADD Promotes Prom Safety
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor Prom time is an exciting time of year, filled with friends, fashion, and celebration! Oftentimes, issues of safety, peer pressure, and substances are a part of prom season also. According to an online survey of teens, nearly 75% of teens felt pressured to use alcohol during prom and another 49% said their friends encouraged them to try drugs, another 57% reported pressure to drive carelessly (such as speeding) on prom night. (Chrysler Group & Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2005). Another recent survey of teens 16-19 years old, revealed that 41% of high school teens say either they or their friends are likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol sometime during the prom or graduation season (AAA, 2014). Members of Pathway’s SADD Club at Carteret High School set out to put their peers on a positive path for Prom...
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MAR
31
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Speaker Shares Wisdom Gained From Lifetime of Struggle and Recovery

Speaker Shares Wisdom Gained From Lifetime of Struggle and Recovery
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor Minding Your Mind’s Carl Antisell recently gave a riveting presentation at Carteret High School as a guest of the school’s Pathways School Based Youth Services Program. Antisell described his painful struggle with anxiety beginning in grade school and how he attempted to mask his pain, and fit in, through activities and sports. In his middle school years, he used anger as a negative coping mechanism; Antisell recalled how punching walls and yelling at teachers only resulted in piling up negative consequences, and the pain resurfaced after he had calmed down. In high school, he turned to prescription drugs to cope with his anxiety and shame, not realizing that misused prescriptions are every bit as dangerous as illegal drugs. When he went to college he found none of the prescriptions handy that he was addicted to, and so he turned to heroin...
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MAR
18
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SADD Encourages students to FOCUS, DRIVE & STAY ALIVE

SADD Encourages students to FOCUS, DRIVE & STAY ALIVE
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor On the first day of March, hundreds of Carteret High School students sported black wristbands with this bright yellow eye-catching message: FOCUS, DRIVE & STAY ALIVE! It’s not hard to believe that 10 percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crashes (NHTSA, 2013). But it’s not just a problem among teens--in 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers (Distraction.gov). A small group of Peer Leaders from Pathways’ Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club decided to take action on the issue of distracted driving among their peers. These SADD Leaders volunteered to learn the METHOD Program (Mind, Eyes, Two Hands...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 12, 2019

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 12, 2019
This week, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) was in the Carteret High School cafeteria creating a chain to unite the students against bullying.   Each link on the chain was created by a student.  On one side they wrote something which makes them unique and on the other, they wrote what they do or can do to prevent bullying.  SADD students engaged their peers in this process and created a dialogue at each table they went to about the effects of bullying on individuals and the school environment.   There are approximately 250 links in the chain which was created in one day during lunch periods.  The links have statements like "I will stop bullying when I see it", "Don't be a bystander", "I will support those who are getting bullied", "I will be there to listen to anyone who needs to talk" and "We need to stand together".  The chain...
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