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Pathways GSA Club Attends Annual Forum

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The Pathways Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club attended the 15th annual GSA Forum in Middletown on Saturday, November 17th. The forum was sponsored by the Bayard Rustin Center that aims to create a space for LGBTQ activism and education. Over 500 participants from various high school and middle schools state wide attended the forum to join together to further advance support, recognition and strengthening of the young LGBTQ community. Students were given the opportunity to attend three workshop that address the needs of students along with school staff members, parents and allies. The forum welcomed key note speaker Gavin Grimm, an LGBTQ youth activist. Through sharing his own experience, Grimm inspired the audience to stand up for themselves, have a voice and advocate for the rights of transgender students. One senior GSA member, Max Lopez shared feeling touched by Grimm’s coming out story and felt “at home” at the GSA...
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DEC
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Pathways' SADD Club Launches Efforts to Reduce Suicide

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Pathways' SADD Club members educate students about the 2nd Floor Helpline in an effort to reduce suicide and provide support in times of need. Throughout all lunch periods, 11 SADD Club members plus the Pathways' advisors succeeded in getting 250 students to enter the Helpline number into their phones. Students who didn’t have phones were given Helpline wallet cards. 2nd Floor Helpline is a anonymous/confidential 24/7 hotline for youth and teens to get support and solutions for the problems they face. To link to the 2nd Floor Helpline online, please go to: https://www.2ndfloor.org/
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MAR
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Dads Bounce into their Children’s Lives

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Written by Lauren Balkan, LCSW There is a great deal of research that supports that children who have an involved father or a supportive involved father figure, are more likely to be emotionally secure, have better academic outcomes and more positive social connections. Pathways has been running fatherhood events for the past several years to give fathers and father figures support in getting more involved in their child’s life. We offer fun, interactive bonding experiences that allow father/father figures to have some focused time alone with their child or children. The activities have been offered to youth in the district starting in third grade and going through high school. On March 29th, Pathways took 70 Carteret residents to the Bounce Factory in Warren, NJ. The youth who attended the trip were in third through sixth grade and were accompanied by their father or father figure. Children and adults participated in four...
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MAR
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Carteret High School Students March for Parkland, Florida

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On Wednesday, March 14th, students across the country organized mass walkouts to demand safer schools. Students marked the National Walkout Day by leaving their classrooms at 10 a.m. (local times) to make a nationwide appeal for school safety and safe access to education. Students from more than 2,800 schools and colleges signed up to participate, with walkouts scheduled throughout the U.S. and as far as Australia, The United Kingdom, and Germany. We’re proud of the fact that Carteret High School students organized a walkout to show their solidarity for those who lost their lives in our nation’s most recent tragic school shooting. Approximately 250 students walked out of Carteret High School at 10am Wednesday morning to join youth around the country in a show of peaceful protest against violence in schools. The students gathered in the school parking lot and respectfully listened while the names of all 17 people lost in...
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JUN
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Pathways Records Another Banner Year

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This past year (2016/2017) has been an incredible one for the Pathways School Based Youth Services Program located in Carteret High School. Pathways provides clinical and support services to the students of Carteret High School. Everyday students utilize the Pathways services to assist them in coping with stressors of adolescent life, mental health issues, family or peer conflict, and academic issues. The program also assists students in setting and achieving goals for their future, both short and long term. Students also find their way to the Pathways office daily during their lunch period to come to a safe quiet space and be amongst friends. They come to play games, do homework, sit quietly or chat with staff. Students remark regularly that Pathways is “their home away from home,” a “safe space with people who care about them.” This past year, the Pathways Program provided individual counseling to 182 youth and provided...
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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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Monster Mini Golf with Dads

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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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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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MAR
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It's a Health Party!!

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On February 23rd, over 800 students learned about health and nutrition in a fun an interactive way. Pathways SBYSP hosted the Rev It Up Program, a NJ SNAP-Ed program run through Rutgers University. Fifteen Carteret students were trained over a two week period to help educate their peers about the negative effects of drinking soda and other sugary drinks and the importance of drinking water. They were also charged with motivating other young people to be more physically active and to find fun ways to improve their health. This was all done through a one day “health party” held during gym periods. The trained students manned stations all geared towards interactive education and activity. The stations included: Station 1: How much sugar is in your drink? Teens pick their favorite drinks and get to see exactly how much sugar is in them! Station 2: Fruit Infused Water, students make their own...
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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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