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Pathways Freshman Transition Program Successfully Implemented

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By Jelysa Hernandez, Clinician I The first-ever Pathways Freshman Transition Program was definitely a hit! The program consisted of 32 incoming CHS freshman and 10 mentors. Our mentors were chosen based on their attitude, positive behavior, and willingness to help others. These mentors will assist the freshman as needed during the school year and create a sense of encouragement. All campers participated team building activities including human knot, Coke and Pepsi, and hit the deck. They also enjoyed playing sports together during the week. On Tuesday, all campers went to the NJ State Theatre to see the movie Wonder . Students were able to learn the effects of bullying and understand the importance of kind gestures towards others. Everyone participated in a communication workshop led by Jelysa Hernandez to highlight how unclear communication can lead to confusing interpretations, emphasize the need for clarity when communicating, and understand the various types of...
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Pathways Summer Camp Newsletter - Final Week Highlights

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By Jelysa Hernandez, Clinician I Time sure does fly! As camp comes to an end, all campers are reminded that these bonds created are meant to last for years to come. Everyone has learned to appreciate and value each other’s differences. This week, everyone participated in ‘Color Wars’, our version of field day. It was awesome to see how much fun each team had and the way each team worked together. ‘Team Rampage’ has won the most points through positive leadership and teamwork! Great job! On Tuesday, all campers went to Six Flags. This trip is always the highlight of camp! On our last day, all campers participated in commencement activities, including warm fuzzies and received ‘Paper Plate Awards’. These awards highlight positive qualities of our campers and are presented on a paper plate. To see pictures from our last day of camp, follow our Instagram page at @Pathwayssbys It has...
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Pathways Summer Camp Newsletter - Week 3 Highlights

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By Jelysa Hernandez, Clinician I Here at Pathways, we are on our third week of camp! Here’s what we did this week: Participants played Substance Use Jeopardy with Wellspring Staff! All campers were engaged and seemed to learn very important lessons about the dangers and effects of various substances. The questions and answers provided created important conversations. Campers played a human version of rock paper scissors that was definitely hilarious to watch! On Tuesday, Ellen Williams from The Expressive Arts 4-H program worked with our kids to create individualized skits on how we can change the world. Ideas ranged from cyber bullying to free chicken for everyone. All individuals had fun getting up on stage and acting out their ideas. The 4-H program is a part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension and has provided performing, media and visual arts experiences to youth in grades K-13 from urban, suburban and rural communities throughout...
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Pathways Summer Camp Newsletter - Week 2 Highlights

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By Jelysa Hernandez, Clinician I As the second week of camp comes to an end, it is safe to say that bonds are being created on a daily basis. Here are some highlighted activities from our second week: Participants played a team building activity called human knot in which all individuals link up their arms and have to work to free themselves and create a circle. Gina and Jenna from Wellspring Center for Prevention presented a workshop with valuable information on nutrition and mood. Everyone was given a list of foods that positively contribute to mood as well as a food journal for accountability. Tuesday was movie day! Everyone had the choice of seeing either Skyscraper, The Incredibles 2, or Ant Man and the Wasp . Counselors were split accordingly. Hit the Deck was a huge hit! All participants are given directions and have to follow closely with a teammate... Or...
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Pathways Summer Camp Newsletter - Week 1 Highlights

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By Jelysa Hernandez, Clinician I Every summer, Pathways holds a summer camp for 47 current Carteret high schoolers as well as incoming 9th graders. Camp counselors and campers alike spend Monday-Thursday together from 9:30-2:30, and on Fridays students involved in the Central Jersey Arts Council (CJAC) Arts program volunteer at Carteret Park. Lunch is held daily from 12-1pm and is a bonding experience in itself! The goal of camp is to create bonds that will follow all students throughout their high school journey. In order to develop these bonds, students engage in various team building activities and learn how to embrace each other’s differences. Below are highlighted activities from our first week: All together is a team building game in which participants have to find a way to get up from the floor “all together” with locked arms. Kids ultimately had to work on coordinating how to effectively get up and...
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PALS Students Volunteer at Children’s Specialized Hospital

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By Jelysa Hernandez, MSW Clinician and PALS Advisor On Friday March 9th, 2018, 10 selected PALS students took a trip to visit the Children’s Specialized Hospital for the third time. This time was just as meaningful as the rest. Children’s Specialized Hospital offers a monthly recreational program called Friday night fever for teens with disabilities. The program provides opportunities for teens to make friends, socialize, participate in activities and have an opportunity to hang out. All volunteers arrived on time at Pathways after school and were eager to spend time together. Pathways provided transportation to and from the event. Our volunteers played video and board games, all while allowing each individual to discuss whatever he or she felt comfortable sharing. Everyone had a great time and bonded at the end after playing a game which resulted in all participants laughing on the floor. According to Courier Post online, nearly 15 percent...
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