Each summer Pathways provides a comprehensive recreational program to youth ages 13-18 years old. This program runs for 20 hours per week, five weeks during the summer months. Programming includes daily team building and self esteem building group activities, sports, games, creative arts and a nutritious hot lunch. In addition to the daily programming, there are weekly recreational and community services trips.
While all the clinical staff is employed during the summer, we compliment the them with three young adult counselors who are Carteret High School graduates. These young adults plan and run activities, but they also serve as role models, mentors and inspiration. We know that if these youth were not participants in the summer program, they would be on the streets. Instead, they return to our program again and again.
This summer we have 45 youth enrolled in camp which began on July 13th. We are just about to finish our second week of camp and in addition to the daily fun activities, we have also gone roller skating, bowling and visited Grounds for Sculpture. We have also held a nutrition class and a stress management workshop and at the end of this week, a group of kids will volunteer at the summer reading program held at Carteret library.
This year, Pathways partnered with the Central Jersey Arts Council (CJAC) to offer an arts track to campers who were interested. This partnership enabled us to admit 15 more youth to the program which has a long wait list every year. Those enrolled in the CJAC track attend Pathways Recreational Summer Program 2 days per week participating in team building exercises, sports, games, and trips. On the alternating days (2 days per week), they attend CJAC arts programming. On Tuesdays, the group learns from a professional artist and on Thursdays, they become the teachers teaching to community children in an "Art in the Park" program. Pictured to the left is a Pathways camper assisting a young Carteret resident in the "Art in the Park" activity.