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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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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