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DEC
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A Thanksgiving Tradition

A Thanksgiving Tradition
In keeping with a long standing annual tradition, the older adults in the Carteret community, along with the special needs population, came to Carteret High School to celebrate Thanksgiving one day early. The event is hosted by Pathways School Based Youth Services and members of the various Pathways clubs act as servers and prize runners to ensure an enjoyable Thanksgiving meal. In addition to the Pathways volunteers, students from Ladies of Royalty, National Honor Society and Jobs for American Graduates participated. The student volunteers for this event shine as they serve and converse with the older adults of their community. The competition to become volunteers for this event is fierce as this is one of the favorite events of the year for students. The high school choir, Varsity Vocals, and the Band provided wonderful holiday entertainment. The delicious food was provided by Maschios catering and paid for by the Carteret School...
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NOV
29
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“Buddy Knight” Prom Decorations

“Buddy Knight” Prom Decorations
By: Kimberly Hill, MSW Intern and GSA Club Advisor @ Pathways On November 18, 2016, the Knights of Columbus Council #1280 invited Pathway’s PALS (Partnering, Achieving, Leading, and Supporting) students to interact and connect with individuals who have disabilities. PALS students participate monthly with “Buddy Knight” and this month’s event was dedicated to assisting individuals who have disabilities, creating an art project that will later be used for their very own prom night. It is recognized that many of these young people will not participate in their own prom, but this program is working on creating a night to remember. PALS students spread positivity and happiness throughout the evening as they assisted program participants with painting water bottles, which will eventually become beautiful strings of flower lights. This monthly Buddy Knight event provided students the opportunity to take part in leadership skill building and community service, as well as to reap...
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NOV
05
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Pathways Holds Successful Fatherhood Event

Pathways Holds Successful Fatherhood Event
Pathways School Based Youth Services program at Carteret High School is invested in the Fathers Matter campaign and has received a grant from the Office of Faith Based Initiatives to bolster the father focused programming. There is a growing body of research and data which demonstrates that a father’s presence in a young persons’ life has a great impact. The research concludes that children with fathers present have fewer behavioral problems, do better in school and are better off economically. This information is so vitally important because of the swiftly ascending numbers of fatherless families in this country. Within a decade, two parent household dropped by 1.2 million. The result, according to the US Census, is that 1 in 3 children live in father-absent homes. An active, involved, and positive father role has numerous effects on all aspects of a young person’s life. Many feel that the role fathers play in...
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NOV
01
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Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention Walk: Carteret Students Join the Cause

Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention Walk: Carteret Students Join the Cause
By: Kimberly Hill, MSW Intern and GSA Club Advisor Suicide is reported to be the 2nd leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds in the country Everyday there is an average of 4800 suicide attempts by kids in grades 7-12 100 young lives are lost per week The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is considered one of the leading not-for-profit organizations focused on research, raising awareness and preventing suicide. Although society may stigmatize mental illness and suicidality, those who work together in order to advocate and support others can have a huge impact. In order to spread awareness of the prevalence and risk of suicide, the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention hosts annual Out of the Darkness walks to shed light on this epidemic. On October 2, 2016, 27 PALS and SADD club members from Carteret High School joined parents, friends and family in solidarity to unite against suicide. The...
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OCT
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Fathers Matter

Fathers Matter
Studies have shown that involvement of a father or a positive male role model in the lives of children has profound effects on them. Father-child interaction promotes a child’s physical well-being, perceptual ability and competency for relating with others. These children also demonstrate greater ability to take initiative and display self-control. In recognition of the #NJFATHERSMATTER initiative, PATHWAYS will sponsor a Free Bowling Event for Carteret Fathers / Significant Male Role Models & Youth (Carteret Middle School and High School students). This event will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016, 2PM-5PM at the Woodbridge Bowling Center, 346 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ. We hope your schedule will permit you to attend this event. 
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SEP
01
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Pathways Summer Program 2016

Pathways Summer Program 2016
Pathways just finished out another awesome summer program. Pathways summer program offers a daily camp experience to 45 high school age Carteret youth. The participants only pay a small registration fee and no additional fees for trips or activities; the program also includes a daily catered lunch. Daily activities include team building, games, sports, arts and crafts, theater games, dance, and educational workshops. There were weekly trips such as bowling, roller skating, going to a lake for swimming, the beach, the movies, and Six Flags. In addition, through collaboration with Central Jersey Arts Council which is located in Carteret, Pathways was able to expand services. Fifteen of the participants engaged in a weekly arts program which included workshops with professional artists, as well as bringing art to the community. All of the camp participants benefited from this collaboration through the provision of two additional arts-focused trips, Grounds for Sculpture and the...
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JUN
27
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"Buddy Knight" Happy Birthday to All Final Party

"Buddy Knight" Happy Birthday to All Final Party
By Jelysa Hernandez, MSW Pathways Clinician and PALS Club Advisor Before volunteering at the first Buddy Knight Event on October 10, 2015, students were unaware of the heartfelt connections and life changing experiences they would have over the coming year. This monthly event is organized superbly by the Knights of Columbus Council #1280 who initially invited Pathway’s PALS (Partnering, Achieving, Leading, and Supporting) students to increase connections with individuals who have disabilities. Everyone is treated like family and is free to be themselves at Buddy Knight. Every month, different students took turns attending Buddy Knight events and spent time making a positive difference in the lives of others. Volunteers have stated that Buddy Knight has created a sense of happiness, friendship, and accomplishment.  This last event of the school year was a celebration of every attendee’s birthday. This included a birthday cake, ice cream, balloons, and a pretty impressive piñata. At...
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JUN
02
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Carteret Students Perform at Crossroads Theatre

Carteret Students Perform at Crossroads Theatre
Written by Jelysa Hernandez, MSW The invitation to Crossroads Theater was the culmination of a program that took place throughout the year encouraging the poet in everyone. Pathways was one of the fortunate sites chosen by the State Theatre New Jersey and Artist-in-Residence, Glenis Redmond, to participate in a poetry workshop. This workshop was held during Pathways’ Girl Talk, a weekly after school recreational group created to provide a healthy outlet for teenage girls. Before the workshop, a handful of students were unaware of their own poetic talent. Glenis began the first workshop by reciting some of her own work, as well as sharing some of her favorite poems. The girls were in awe as she began to share her own story of personal struggle, stating that everyone has a story and it’s the job of each individual to find their voice. “Glenis Redmond is poet, educator, performer, and counselor rolled into...
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JUN
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Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep Event

Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep Event
By Jelysa Hernandez, MSW Pathways Clinician and PALS Club Advisor On April 30th, a large group of passionate PALS (Partnering, Achieving, Leading, and Supporting) students attended Clean Ocean Action’s 31st Annual Beach Sweep event. Prior to attending the trip, the students hosted a beach themed bake sale in order to raise money to attend Jenkinson’s Aquarium afterwards. The students were able to get a small glimpse of the ocean creatures they worked towards saving. With over 55 locations around the state of New Jersey, PALS decided to visit the Point Pleasant site. Upon arrival, the students were introduced to their “Beach Captain” who kindly explained the process, gave students garbage bags, and a debris checklist. By this time, students were excited to get on the beach and start making a difference. During the beach sweep, students expressed disbelief at the waste found on the shore. According to the annual beach sweep...
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MAY
26
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Lunchtime Game Promotes Awareness of Mental Health Facts and Signs of Suicide

Lunchtime Game Promotes Awareness of Mental Health Facts and Signs of Suicide
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor In what proved to be one of SADD Club’s most successful events of the year, members roamed table to table in the Carteret High School cafeteria with bulging bags of toy prizes and candy, and managed to actively engage at least 500 peers in a quizzing game to educate students about mental health issues. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s a great opportunity to destigmatize mental health issues and bring awareness to signs of suicide risk. A recent CDC report has revealed alarming news about suicide rates: the US rate of suicide has risen to its highest level in three decades. While New Jersey had the lowest suicide rate of among all states for many years, the suicide rate rose by 13% in a recent 2-year period. NJ’s suicide rate rose fastest for girls aged 10 to 14-- tripling...
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