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Speaker Shares His Path to Overcoming Life-Long Anxiety

Speaker Shares His Path to Overcoming Life-Long Anxiety
Jon Burgwin wants you to know that if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or any mental health issue, please ask for help: You deserve it. Burgwin, from Minding Your Mind, was recently invited to Carteret High School as a guest of the school’s Pathways program. Minding Your Mind works to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, and to get the word out that mental health disorders are treatable and treatment is available. This is a message that is especially important to deliver in middle and high schools, since suicide is the second leading cause of death in people age 14 to 23, and the onset of most psychiatric disorders occurs in adolescence. One in four teens experiences some sort of mental health issue, yet less than 20% receive treatment. Burgwin shared that he struggled with anxiety for many years before receiving the help that eventually saved his life and...
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Monster Mini Golf with Dads

Monster Mini Golf with Dads
An active, involved, positive father role has numerous effects on all aspects of a young person’s life. Many feel that the role that fathers play in their children’s life has been downplayed and marginalized, adding to the fatherless crisis we now face. The State of NJ, Department of Children and Families has made fatherhood a priority issue. In addition to the many other programs and educational efforts, school based youth services programs across the state have made efforts to educate communities about the importance of father involvement, as well as to engage fathers in positive activities with their children. On Saturday April 8th The Pathways Program sponsored a mini golf event for children in 3-5th grades and their fathers or father figures. This is Pathways’ second event this year that focused on supporting and celebrating the important role that fathers have in their children’s life. This event was made possible through...
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Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) Battles Stigma by Educating Students about Mental Illness

Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) Battles Stigma by Educating Students about Mental Illness
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor As dozens of names, including Lady Gaga, Robin Williams, and Marilyn Monroe, scrolled down the screen, several hundred students over two days at Carteret Middle School and Carteret High School were challenged to guess what these people all had in common. Some guessed, “They’re all famous,” “They’re rich,” and Tricia Baker, founder of Attitudes in Reverse (AIR), nodded yes; they are all talented, productive members of society, and all have mental illness. In the past 6 years, AIR has educated more than 60,000 students in New Jersey, New York, Missouri, and Vermont about reversing the stigma surrounding mental illness. The presentation sparked questions and conversation in the classrooms, and the AIR therapy dogs, Mischa and Goober, were a calming and joyful influence. Tricia Baker’s visit to students at CMS and CHS were made possible by a grant through Middlesex County Freeholders...
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MAR
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SADD “KISSING” BOOTH RAISES AWARENESS FOR TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

SADD “KISSING” BOOTH RAISES AWARENESS FOR TEEN DATING VIOLENCE
By Jacqulean Salib In honor of Teen Dating Awareness Month, Carteret High School SADD Club members held a “kissing” booth in the cafeteria on Valentine’s Day to educate fellow peers on teen dating violence. Students were given a chance to spin the wheel and answer questions pertaining to dating violence and healthy relationships. Students received a Hershey Kiss for each question they answered. Students were also able to purchase carnations at the “Kissing” booth for a $1 donation, and raised $100 for Women Aware. Dating violence is a widespread issue with serious long-term and short-term effects. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 21% of female high school students and 10% of male high school students experienced physical and/or sexual dating violence. Several students were unaware of the signs and effects of dating violence. The “kissing” booth provided students with a good learning experience as well as an awareness...
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MAR
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It's a Health Party!!

It's a Health Party!!
On February 23rd, over 800 students learned about health and nutrition in a fun an interactive way. Pathways SBYSP hosted the Rev It Up Program, a NJ SNAP-Ed program run through Rutgers University. Fifteen Carteret students were trained over a two week period to help educate their peers about the negative effects of drinking soda and other sugary drinks and the importance of drinking water. They were also charged with motivating other young people to be more physically active and to find fun ways to improve their health. This was all done through a one day “health party” held during gym periods. The trained students manned stations all geared towards interactive education and activity. The stations included: Station 1: How much sugar is in your drink? Teens pick their favorite drinks and get to see exactly how much sugar is in them! Station 2: Fruit Infused Water, students make their own...
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FEB
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Soup Kitchen: A Time To Give Back

Soup Kitchen: A Time To Give Back
By Mason Bolano, SADD Officer/PALS Leader and Class Representative The winter season is the time of giving and making change. So, on December 13th, PALS students and volunteer chaperones worked together to donate their time to the Crescent Avenue Soup Kitchen in Plainfield in order to give back to those who need it the most. As students arrived, they were assigned a wide array of tasks from preparing foods that were going to be given out on the line during that day’s service, to arranging the hygiene bags made possible by a donation from Staff Synergies. Other students also worked together to organize donated coats and jackets for the coat drive that was happening at the kitchen that day. After those tasks were completed, something truly amazing happened. Students were working together to create utensil sets for a holiday event the kitchen would be holding, and with little to no outside...
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JAN
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Pathways/Wellspring Sponsor Assemblies to Raise Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and the Dangers of E-Cigs

Pathways/Wellspring Sponsor Assemblies to Raise Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and the Dangers of E-Cigs
Working in concert with the Carteret High School SAC, Veronica Pitts, Pathways SADD Club sponsored 5 assemblies to educate students and parents about prescription drug abuse and e-cigarettes. Linda Surks of Wellspring Center for Prevention, spoke movingly of the dangers of prescription drug abuse. She told the story of her son, Jason Surks, a caring, loving young man with a great sense of humor.  Jason was studying pharmacy at Rutgers University when he began abusing prescription drugs that he ordered from a pharmacy in Mexico. Although his college friends were aware his drug habits, Jason hid them from his parents--who had throughout his life talked to him about the dangers of drugs. In 2003, Linda received the call that every parent fears, her 19 year old son had died of a prescription drug overdose. By educating families and sharing Jason’s story, Linda works to help other families avoid the kind of...
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JAN
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SADD Kicks off Fall with Red Ribbon Week and Week of Respect Activities!

SADD Kicks off Fall with Red Ribbon Week and Week of Respect Activities!
By Mason Bolano, SADD Officer/Class Representative As the temperatures started to cool, Pathway’s SADD club was active in promoting positivity and anti-bullying messages in the student body for Respect Week, which began October 3rd. The students came together to start a Positive Post-It Note Campaign as well as reading public service announcements in the morning that detailed the topics of respect, bullying prevention, and explaining how different types of bullying might go unnoticed in their daily lives. The Positive Post-It Campaign was a project undertaken by about 40 SADD members, with the intent of putting happy and inspiring messages around the school. SADD members gathered at Pathways during lunch periods and after school, and over the course of 2 weeks wrote 1,000 uplifting and positive notes. Then, on October 6th, about 20 students stayed after school to post the notes around the building in places where they would be noticed by...
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DEC
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New Jersey Statewide GSA Forum

New Jersey Statewide GSA Forum
By: Mason Bolano, Carteret High School  student   The budding GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) club at Pathways attended the 13th annual GSA Forum in Perth Amboy on Saturday November 19th. GSAs from across the state came together at the Perth Amboy High School to learn more about LGBT topics and ways to be better members of the community or better ways to be allies. A particular hit with our students was the LGBTree, where students were instructed to write down any labels they identify with (such as ally, trans, gay, etc) on one side of a leaf, and an inspirational message to the community on the other side. They then attached their leaf to the tree and were invited to look at other messages.  The GSA was fortunate to have eleven of its members attend the forum, to learn more information and to bring information back to assist in the running...
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DEC
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One Step Closer to College

One Step Closer to College
On October 28th   Carteret High School students were offered the opportunity to attend Part 1 of the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) information session provided by Cheryl White, Associate University Director of Financial Aid at Rutgers. This is the second year that Mrs. White and her team has agreed to provide such a wonderful service to the students here at Carteret High School; helping them understand the FAFSA process and completing their application. This event is sponsored by Pathways SBYSP “What’s Next…” a program designed to encourage students to view various school alternatives and career opportunities, as well as help those who are considering college after graduating from high school. On the initial presentation day, students are invited to come during their lunch and view an enlightening power-point presentation, as well as receive pertinent information to help answer questions or concern they may have regarding the FAFSA form for college....
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