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JAN
15
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CHS Students Set the Bar High for 2019

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, SADD Club Advisor Pathways’ Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club hung a glittery banner reminiscent of a New Year’s Eve disco ball in the Carteret High School cafeteria and invited students to ponder the question, “ What Are You Working Towards in 2019? ” This prompted students to consider their futures in terms of everyday matters but also in broader ways such as what kind of person they strive to be. Throughout four lunch periods nearly one hundred shared their positive goals for 2019 on the poster. Students offered all kinds of ambitions—academic goals, mental health goals, and physical goals. Some goals were: “Honor Roll all 4 marking periods” “Get better at basketball” “Ignore negative energy” “Pass chemistry” “To find happiness in everything I do!” “Get a scholarship” “Improve as a person, and to stop procrastinating” “Get more friends” “Get into my dream school and get my...
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JAN
07
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HOLIDAY HOPE—Helping Families Enjoy Their Holiday

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By Karen Boateng, Office Manager – Pathways Sadly the holidays can be one of the most difficult times for some families. Just the thought can provoke anxiety, depression and/or sadness within a household. It was with this in mind that Pathways SBYSP started “Holiday Hope”. The intention of this program is to help make the holidays just a little brighter for some of our students and their families. Families are selected with the help of school administration, faculty and other school staff.  The goal is to provide each family with prime necessities like food and toiletries. We do not provide assistance with toys or other gift type items, as we know that there are other resources for those items at this time of year (and we will provide that information for families too). Our purpose is to take some of the worry out of the holidays for families, so that even...
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DEC
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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
18
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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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SEP
14
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Feeling good about the first day of school? Chalk it up to SADD Club!

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by Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor Neon flowers, suns, and upbeat messages of welcome covered the sidewalk of Carteret High School for the first day of school, courtesy of Pathways’ Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club. SADD Club does activities throughout the year to create a positive atmosphere at CHS, increase the connection between students, and decrease bullying and isolation. Student members also work to educate peers about prevention of: suicide, substance use, driving distracted, and violence. The club strives to guide CHS students to make positive decisions at this crucial time in life, towards a path of happiness and success! Keep an eye out for upcoming events! For more information about SADD Club activities, search our prior blogs, and follow Pathways on Instagram @Pathwayssbys as well as on the Pathways sbysp Facebook page. #SADDCHS #SADD #Positivity
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AUG
09
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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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AUG
02
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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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JUL
30
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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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JUL
20
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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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JUL
20
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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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