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Pathways' PALS Students Volunteer at NJ Ozanum Family Shelter

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by Jelysa Hernandez, MSW Clinician and PALS Advisor On Wednesday, January 25th, 16 CHS Pathways’ PALS community service group students took a trip to volunteer at the NJ Ozanum Family Shelter. Although the students find personal fulfillment through each volunteer event, this process was unique. PALS students prepped months beforehand to raise money for the family shelter through a bake sale, in which all goods were contributed solely by the students. Students then used the money raised to buy enough sandwich materials to make 100 sandwich bags, each included a sandwich, drink, snack, and condiments. Students participated in “Sandwich Night” after school on January 24th, a day prior to the trip to make the sandwiches and organize the bags. Once students arrived to the family shelter on the following day, they engaged with both children and adults alike in a compassionate way. Everyone extended their gratitude to the students and were...
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DEC
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Pathways Hosts Celebration of Fatherhood Event

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On Saturday November 18th, Pathways hosted a Celebration of Fatherhood at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Edison, NJ. We had two primary messages for the day, “building a future together” and “every child needs a leading man”. Almost 100 youth ages 10-16 and their father or father figures attended this all day event focused on the importance of the father role and providing information and resources to enable fathers to step into this role more confidently. Most of the participants were from Carteret, NJ, Pathways’ home base, but several families came from surrounding towns. The day began with Mr. Jonathan Sims, an inspirational and motivating speaker who connected with the audience on the importance of being a champion for your child. His speech began with both father and child developing their champion stance and their champion yell. He concluded the presentation by creating a youth huddle, so the young people could...
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NOV
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PALS Students Volunteer at NJ Veteran’s Memorial Home

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by Christopher Flores, MSW Intern On Friday October 27th, 20 Carteret high school students took a trip to volunteer at the NJ Veteran’s Memorial Home. Although students were going with the intention of serving others, each student stated that they received more than they gave. Each veteran was escorted by a student to the main hall to participate in various activities. Students brought board games, played trivia, “exercised” with the veterans using balloons and paddles, and Pathways intern, Dylan, played his guitar for the crowd. Students were encouraged to have individual conversations with anyone who wanted to talk. The reality is that among the many disorders veterans face such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression, the one unfortunate issue that can be forgotten is loneliness. According to Robert H. Pietrzak, Director at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, loneliness was the most prominent risk factor...
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OCT
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3rd Annual Pathways Fatherhood Bowling Event Brings Joy to Participants

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Written by Lisa Lussier, LSW, MSW On Saturday October 7th, Pathways held their third annual Fatherhood Bowling event, at the Woodbridge Bowling Center on Main Street in Woodbridge. The event created a fun and interactive platform for middle and high school students and their fathers or a significant male in the child’s life to spend the afternoon together. This wonderful event was made possible through a grant from the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives, as a way to celebrate the important role a father or significant male figure can play in a child’s life. Almost one hundred participants attended the event, including community members from the United States Army, the Carteret Police Department, Carteret Middle School and even the father of a Pathways employee. The entire bowling center was reserved for this event. Participants were treated to bowling, professional family pictures, food and fun. To help the good times continue,...
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SEP
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SADD Takes Steps to Raise Suicide Awareness

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by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor Sharpie markers hovered in the hands of students over a banner while they thoughtfully considered their responses to the question posed, “How Can You Support Someone Who Is Feeling Down?” Pathway’s SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) at Carteret High School took a multipronged approach to National Suicide Prevention Week/Month this year, with several activities that encouraged students to be more aware of the warning signs of suicide, and be supportive of people who may have suicidal feelings. Throughout lunch periods in the cafeteria on 9/11, nearly 100 students wrote on the banner their methods for raising other’s spirits. Some advice was simple and straightforward: “Be nice,” Give them a hug,” “Try to make them laugh,” “Love them for who they are,” “Be someone’s smile,” “Tell them, “You have a purpose.” Others offered these insights: “Every day is a new day,...
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AUG
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Pathways Completes Another Successful Summer Camp!

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by Jelysa Hernandez, LSW, Pathways Clinician and PALS Club Advisor What did you do over the summer? A familiar question for children everywhere. If you are a teenager, the answer isn’t always very exciting. However, if you went to Pathways summer program it would be. Our participants can say they met new people, found a best friend, learned yoga and kickboxing, painted an jungle landscape, saw life size sculptures, went to a water park and an amusement park, learned about suicide and met a therapy dog, learned a love of theater or dance and most importantly found their ability to be silly. This year, camp was composed of 47 Carteret youth between the ages of 13-18 who came daily for four weeks from 9:30-2:30. Participants pay a small registration fee and do not have to pay any additional fees for weekly trips. A delicious and nutritious lunch is also provided free...
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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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JUN
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SADD Club Runs Several Events to Tackle Issues of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at Carteret High School

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What do 300 Hershey’s Kisses, 200 hard candies, 175 fidget toys, and 6 journals add up to? More than 675 Carteret High School student-contacts by Pathway’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club members on one busy day in May! In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, hundreds of CHS students were awarded prizes by SADD Club members for answering quiz questions about mental health issues. Here’s how it worked: teams of SADD members traversed the cafeteria throughout all lunch periods, challenging students to answer questions such as: “What are two healthy ways to cope when you are very upset?,” “What are two warning signs of a person who may be suicidal?,” and “How can you help a friend struggling with depression or suicide risk?” Students were also challenged with “MYTH OR FACT?” questions related to suicide and mental health. Any student who participated received a prize, and many students helped one...
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JUN
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Day of Silence: The Voices You Are Not Hearing

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By Anna Pepe On April 28th, Pathways Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at Carteret High School participated in GLSEN’s Day of Silence. Over ninety students participated by taking a vow of silence to show their support for the LGBT community and to raise awareness of the silencing effects of harassment and bullying of LGBT youth. The number of participants doubled from 2016, with students reporting that “silence was visible this year”. All participants wore a yellow badge for the day where they noted their reason for participation. Student reasons included support for peers, ending injustices towards the LGBT community, standing up for those who don’t have a voice to defend themselves, and acknowledging that love is love. Students “broke the silence” at Pathways after school where they touched on the challenges and excitement around the event. Students aspire to continue to spread their message and involve more students in each subsequent...
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