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MAY
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SADD Students Ask "What Would You Do?" When Faced With Difficult Violent Scenarios

SADD Students Ask "What Would You Do?" When Faced With Difficult Violent Scenarios
by Tanaysha Wilson, Social Work Intern and Co-Advisor for SADD Club High school students are often faced with many social challenges and obstacles as they meet new people and encounter new experiences and relationships. As unfortunate as it may seem, our youth may come into contact with issues of violence, peer conflict, sexual assault, or dating abuse during their adolescent years. Since April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Youth Violence Prevention Month, members of Pathway’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club at Carteret High School set out to raise awareness amongst their peers. According to a 2014 report, 35.8% of sexual assaults occur when the victim is between the ages of 12 and 17 (American Psychological Association). Teens 16 to 19 years of age were 3½ times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault (National Crime Victimization Survey, 1996), and...
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MAY
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GSA Celebrates First Year at Carteret High School

GSA Celebrates First Year at Carteret High School
On May 18th, the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) of Carteret High School celebrated a successful inaugural year. While the ideas for the club have been brewing prior to this school year, the inception of the club was this past September. Sometimes, it can take a couple of years to really get a club off the ground, but the students of Carteret were ready for the GSA and it took a foothold immediately. The GSA had monthly planning meetings, as well as monthly discussion groups. Mid-year, one of the facilitators, Anna Pepe from Pathways, went out on maternity leave. Two club members, Alissa Radford and Mason Bolano, with help from CHS teacher Rebecca Baker and Pathways director, Lauren Balkan, took leadership of the GSA. Radford and Bolano planned agendas, led meetings and encouraged membership. In addition to the meetings, the GSA created awareness and led the way for the Day of...
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MAY
09
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What's Next? Maybe Becoming a Yoga Instructor

What's Next?  Maybe Becoming a Yoga Instructor
On Wednesday April 13th students were invited to PATHWAYS to learn how they could have a rewarding career as a yoga instructor. We welcomed representative, Munah Hayes from Ramapo College / Zufall Health; who was vibrant and provided tremendous insight on Yoga, its origin and its relevance today. It was great to see students as well as teachers and school administrators take an active part in this presentation. When asked how she felt about the presentation, student Taahirah Walker remarked “Munah Hayes was such an amazing speaker today. She explained to us the Yoga history and how it came to be so widespread throughout the states. Yoga, in Sanskrit, mean “YOLK or UNION” and I truly believe that if we all work together as one, the world would be so peaceful and kind. No matter if we are a human, creature, insect or any living being; we are all the same....
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APR
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Day of Silence

Day of Silence
On April 15th Pathways GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) participated in the National Day of Silence . Forty five Carteret High School students participated in the Day of Silence to show their support for the LGBT community and those voices that have been silenced by others for so long.  Any student participating wore a badge with a yellow card inside that described the meaning behind the day of silence and on the back the student identified their personal reason for participating.  Students remained silent all day and were supported by their peers and the teaching staff. At least one teacher began each class with a journal assignment related to the Day of Silence. Students who participated stated that they felt empowered by the event and are already planning for next year to make the event bigger and more powerful. This is a copy of the language that was on the badge...
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MAR
31
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SADD Promotes Prom Safety

SADD Promotes Prom Safety
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor Prom time is an exciting time of year, filled with friends, fashion, and celebration! Oftentimes, issues of safety, peer pressure, and substances are a part of prom season also. According to an online survey of teens, nearly 75% of teens felt pressured to use alcohol during prom and another 49% said their friends encouraged them to try drugs, another 57% reported pressure to drive carelessly (such as speeding) on prom night. (Chrysler Group & Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2005). Another recent survey of teens 16-19 years old, revealed that 41% of high school teens say either they or their friends are likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol sometime during the prom or graduation season (AAA, 2014). Members of Pathway’s SADD Club at Carteret High School set out to put their peers on a positive path for Prom...
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MAR
31
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Speaker Shares Wisdom Gained From Lifetime of Struggle and Recovery

Speaker Shares Wisdom Gained From Lifetime of Struggle and Recovery
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor Minding Your Mind’s Carl Antisell recently gave a riveting presentation at Carteret High School as a guest of the school’s Pathways School Based Youth Services Program. Antisell described his painful struggle with anxiety beginning in grade school and how he attempted to mask his pain, and fit in, through activities and sports. In his middle school years, he used anger as a negative coping mechanism; Antisell recalled how punching walls and yelling at teachers only resulted in piling up negative consequences, and the pain resurfaced after he had calmed down. In high school, he turned to prescription drugs to cope with his anxiety and shame, not realizing that misused prescriptions are every bit as dangerous as illegal drugs. When he went to college he found none of the prescriptions handy that he was addicted to, and so he turned to heroin...
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MAR
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SADD Encourages students to FOCUS, DRIVE & STAY ALIVE

SADD Encourages students to FOCUS, DRIVE & STAY ALIVE
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor On the first day of March, hundreds of Carteret High School students sported black wristbands with this bright yellow eye-catching message: FOCUS, DRIVE & STAY ALIVE! It’s not hard to believe that 10 percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crashes (NHTSA, 2013). But it’s not just a problem among teens--in 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers (Distraction.gov). A small group of Peer Leaders from Pathways’ Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club decided to take action on the issue of distracted driving among their peers. These SADD Leaders volunteered to learn the METHOD Program (Mind, Eyes, Two Hands...
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FEB
25
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SADD "Kissing" Booth Raises Awareness for Teen Dating Violence

SADD "Kissing" Booth Raises Awareness for Teen Dating Violence
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW Armed with a colorful spinning wheel, quiz questions, and Hershey’s Kiss prizes, SADD students recently grabbed the attention of fellow Carteret High School students and educated them on the facts of dating violence and traits of healthy relationships in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. According to loveisrespect.org , dating violence affects approximately 1.5 million teens annually, and one in three teens in the US has experienced some form of abuse by a dating partner. SADD students quizzed their fellow HS students about traits of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Many students were surprised to learn, for example, that extreme jealousy can be a sign of an unhealthy relationship. SADD students also conducted a flower sale, from which $150 in profits will be donated to Women Aware and loveisrespect.org, a dating violence/domestic violence website and hotline.
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FEB
10
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Sandwich Night

Sandwich Night
By Jelysa Hernandez While brainstorming ideas on how to positively affect their community, P.A.L.S. students decided that they wanted to address the issue of homelessness.  The students held a bake sale to raise money; they baked and purchased goods to sell to their classmates, raising almost $100. Although the group of students were pleased with their profits, they did not want to simply donate the money, they wanted to have a direct impact on others. It was collectively decided that the money would be spent on “Sun-Butter” a peanut free product, safe for anyone with peanut allergies, and sandwiches would be made to feed the homeless. In addition to this purchase, students also donated bread and jelly to the cause. On Monday February 1st, these students came together after school to make 237 sandwiches, which were then donated to the Salvation Army. A thank you letter received from The Salvation Army...
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FEB
08
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Story and Art Time

Story and Art Time
By Jelysa Hernandez PALS students at Pathways are making a positive impact on the families of Carteret.  PALS is a humanitarian initiative created by Pathways SBYSP to provide the students of Carteret High School with an opportunity to positively impact their environment. PALS represents: P artnering with the community A chieving for academic success L eading as the example S upporting those in need PALS has connected with the Blazing Star Cultural Arts Center and the Carteret Public Library for “Story and Art Time”. Lindsay Erben, the Executive Director of Central Jersey Arts Council, has trained a group of dedicated PALS leaders to read and create art with the children every week. Although the library provides weekly ESL classes for adults on Thursday evenings from 6-8pm, many parents have had trouble attending every week due to lack of child care.   Ms. Erben described the Pathways SBYSP volunteers, "We are so lucky...
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