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Up and coming Artist CONY Performs for Carteret High School Students

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By Karolyn Estevez, Youth Development Specialist - Pathways On April 11, 2019 new R&B artist Cony took to Blazing Start to perform an intimate concert and Q&A with some Carteret High School students. ‘Cony’ as he is now known, is a graduate from Carteret High School. He has recently been signed to an equity distribution deal with Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation. Cony has made great strides in the last couple of years and has created a frenzy throughout social media which helped him gain his recognition. During his High School years, Cony was an active Pathways student who always came into the office smiling and seeking guidance. Cony has expressed his gratitude for Pathways and how it’s helped him overcome some of his struggles and hardships. As an up and coming artist Cony hopes to continue giving back to his community and help inspire and motivate the youth to reach their...
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MAR
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Poet Glenis Redmond Inspires Students With “Informance”

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by Pathways Clinicians Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW and Lisa Lussier, LSW Carteret Middle School students were recently treated to an extraordinary after school program hosted by Pathways School Based Youth Services Program, in concert with State Theater New Jersey’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Poet Glenis Redmond fascinated a classroom filled with girls and boys with her “informance,” in which she shared several poems from her three published books, Under the Sun, Backbone, and What My Hand Say. Ms. Redmond’s informance involves not simply reading her poems, but illustrating a complete picture using voice inflection and performance in a manner that is entirely captivating. She is a storyteller through and through, telling stories woven from her insights, her childhood, and inspired by African-American historical figures. According to biographical materials provided by State Theater, she is known for writing and performing a style of poetry called the Praise Poem, a type of Tribute Poetry. “It can...
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MAR
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Pathways to Presents “An Evening with the Artist Cony” on April 11th

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Members of the Carteret Community and throughout Middlesex County are invited to join forces with Pathways, Carteret’s School-Based Youth Services Program to attend “An Evening with the Artist Cony”, an evening of music and inspiration with ROCKNATION’s new artist Marcony St. Juste aka “CONY.”  Marcony, a Carteret resident and former graduate of Carteret High school fell in love with music at an early age. The event is scheduled for Thursday April 11, 2019. It will be held at the Blazing Star Cultural Arts Center located at 63 Carteret Avenue, in Carteret NJ. Two (2) shows will be offered, one at 4:30pm and a second at 6:00pm. CONY began to write music as a way to cope with many of his life struggles. The untimely death of his grandmother caused him to experience emotional distress which lead him to Pathways SBSYP.  At Pathways, he found support, understanding and a way out of...
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MAR
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The Simple Act of Asking for Help Is the First Step Towards Mental Wellness

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, Pathways Clinician An auditorium buzzing with teenagers quieted to an attentive audience as Kristen Harootunian shared her journey through a painful childhood to now being in a mentally positive place as a young adult. Kristen works with Minding Your Mind, an organization whose mission is to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. She was invited to Carteret High School as a guest of the school’s Pathways School Based Youth Services Program. Kristen shared that her struggles grew out of her mother’s years of alcoholism and devastating loss to suicide. While students may or may not have been touched by those particular struggles, most people have experienced times when they “felt alone, felt scared...one thing we all have in common is feelings, and you may identify with those feelings,” she said. Throughout her teenage years, she struggled with anxiety and depression, which worsened because she did...
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MAR
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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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FEB
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Pathways Promotes the Positivity Challenge for CHS

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By Karolyn Estevez, Youth Development Specialist - Pathways During the month of February, Pathways has come up with an initiative to promote self-love and positive thinking throughout Carteret High School. This event is designed to inspire the students and faculty of Carteret High School to look for the good in every day. We know that by incorporating positive thinking more often in your daily routine it will produce a healthier, happier, and more relaxed you. Throughout the month of February, Pathways is posting the challenge-of-the-day on social media and in the school building. One such challenge is “Instagram Wednesday Self-Love Hearts” where students are asked to write one thing they love about themselves and take a picture for Instagram. This provides a time for students to think about themselves for a moment and pick out a quality that they love about themselves and are proud of to help promote self-love and...
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JAN
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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
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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
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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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