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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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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...
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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...
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JUL
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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...
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JUL
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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......
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JUL
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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...
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JUN
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Pathways Celebrates Carteret’s LGBTQ Pride Day

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By Anna Pepe, Clinical Supervisor The borough of Carteret and Mayor Daniel Reiman proclaimed this past Saturday, June 23, 2018 as LGBTQ PRIDE Day. GSA stands for Gender & Sexuality Alliance and is a student led club run by the Pathways School Based Youth Services Program at Carteret High School. A Pride flag raising event took place to acknowledge the importance of the GSA and the LGBTQ community in Carteret. Mayor Reiman spoke of the importance of LGBTQ rights and invited GSA members to raise the Pride flag located at the Memorial Municipal Building. The event consisted of a performance by the Varsity Vocals group of CHS as well as Rich Hennessy, a New York based performing artist from Carteret, who was excited to return and give back to the community and support the GSA. Two GSA members spoke at the flag raising ceremony. A Carteret High School (CHS) student...
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JUN
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Feeding Students' Minds & Bodies

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, Clinician and Club Advisor Pathways’ Breakfast Club celebrated a great year with a fruit smoothie party this past week! This group of students meets once per week before school to have breakfast and share dynamic discussions on relationships, body image, stress, coping skills, nutrition, and more. This year, the group consisted of about 12-15 girls who engaged in therapeutic activities to accompany each topic, and they really got into these creative projects: Gratitude journals: the girls elaborately decorated plain journals to take home and write things for which they are grateful each day, and the power of an attitude of gratitude was discussed. Glitter relaxation jars: made as a relaxation tool, to accompany a lesson about coping with anxiety. Kindness/peace rocks: we painted rocks and wrote kind messages on them, to keep or give to others, and girls reflected on the power of kind words. Vision...
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MAY
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Breaking the Silence

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By Anna Pepe, Clinical Supervisor - Pathways On April 27th, Pathways Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at Carteret High School participated in GLSEN’s Day of Silence. Over eighty students participated by taking a vow of silence to show their support for the LGBTQ community and to raise awareness of the silencing effects of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ youth. The goal of this event is to bring attention to those that have been forced into silence due to bullying and harassment. Students shared that this event led to visibility of the issue in their classes throughout the day. All participants wore a yellow badge for the day on which they noted their reason for participation. Here are some examples of what students indicated as reasons for their participation in the Day of Silence: “As a part of the LGBT+ community, I feel that bringing awareness to the harassment faced by...
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MAY
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Pathways’ SADD Club Demystifies Mental Health Questions

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by Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor With giant foam dice in one hand and a bucket full of toys in the other, members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club crisscrossed the Carteret High School cafeteria throughout all lunch periods challenging students to roll the dice and then answer the questions written on them for a chance to win a prize. The activity was for Mental Health Awareness Month, and so queries ranged from the simple, “What are two healthy ways to cope when you are very upset?” to the more challenging “Myth or Fact?” questions. Informative table tents were placed on every table for students to review while they waited their turn; these described the Warning Signs of Suicide, Ways to Cope With Negative Feelings, and How to Help a Friend Who is Struggling with MH Issues. When students were stumped by a question, their...
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