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Financial Aid Workshop for Students

Financial Aid Workshop for Students
By Karen Boateng On January 13th Carteret High School (CHS) students were offered the opportunity to attend Part 1 of a free workshop on how to apply for financial aid for college. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a post-secondary institution. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, work study, and loan amounts. The application is critical because it is used for Federal Pell Grants as well as other financial aid offered by colleges and universities. The informative session was provided by Cheryl White, Associate University Director of Financial Aid at Rutgers. A total of 36 CHS students came during lunch periods to the presentation which was sponsored by Pathways SBYSP. This workshop was part of the Pathways’ “What’s Next….” Series, a program designed to provide students...
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JAN
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Ringing in 2016 with positivity

Ringing in 2016 with positivity
To bring in New Year 2016 on a positive note, Pathways SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club hung a graffiti-style wall banner in the Carteret High School cafeteria and encouraged their peers to write their positive goals for 2016 in a “brick” on the poster.  Many students, who at first were stumped when asked their goals for the new year, found themselves inspired by their classmates’ aspirations. This activity also lead to thought-provoking conversations among students and faculty about what they would like to accomplish, and why setting goals is important. Participants offered a range of intentions, everything from concrete goals--“treat others nicer and get my grades up,” to lofty ideals, such as, “to spread positivity,” and the heartfelt aim, “to make others never feel alone.” The activity showed CHS students are in the right frame of mind for starting 2016on a positive note! And just the act of writing goals...
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DEC
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Buddy Knight

Buddy Knight
By Jey Hernandez It is an unsurprising fact that teenage years can be stressful and challenging, consisting of countless responsibilities. As a teenager, it can be difficult to juggle these obligations while attempting to find personal fulfillment. Some students may be unaware of the positive connection between volunteering and self-fulfillment, as it is proven to be one of the most important catalysts to success now and in the future. Students who volunteer benefit by learning to respect and understand others who are different, becoming compassionate and patient, and developing leadership skills. According to ‘Young Volunteers: The Benefits of Community Service’, “youth who volunteer just one hour or more a week are less likely to abuse alcohol, cigarettes, become pregnant, or engage in other destructive behaviors”. Volunteers are also rewarded by society, through positive praise and encouragement. Studies also show that a large percentage of those who volunteered as high school students...
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DEC
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Social Media and Its Effect on Our Youth – We’re Spreading the Message of Prevention

Social Media and Its Effect on Our Youth – We’re Spreading the Message of Prevention
By Nicki Francis, BA, Preventionist On Tuesday December 8, Wellspring Center for Prevention presented to 1,300 students at Colonia High School. This program covered topics including: making good choices about social media; which apps that are popular with youth? And, the law and how it currently applies to sexting and Cyberbullying. The program also featured an education component including: how to keep yourself safe on the internet and to realize the importance of how what you post can have lasting effects on your future. Here are the facts: Sexual predators find, stalk, and assault victims through social media. Sexting (texting sexual content) can be a big problem. When teens post sexy photos or comments online, it can lead to criminal charges and child pornography. 88 percent of "private" sexual images posted to social media are stolen and publicly posted on porn sites without the subject's knowledge. Cyber-bullying is commonplace online, causes...
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DEC
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The Holidays Are Hard on Everyone

The Holidays Are Hard on Everyone
By the time you read this, the last remnants of your Thanksgiving meal would have been eaten. The craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just behind us. And now we start to look forward to the remaining holidays. You know, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. And of course, New Year’s. From festive parties to the stress of family get-togethers, to the ever present question “what do I get for him/her?” the holidays are already an overwhelming time. But they can be especially difficult for those dealing with addiction, or those who may be just “starting out”. The problem with the holidays is that almost every event involves alcohol in some way; it's simply part of the culture. The temptation to drink or to get high can be hard to avoid. For others, the holidays are a particularly lonely time, especially if their past problems with substance use left them estranged...
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Pathways Attends GSA Forum

Pathways Attends GSA Forum
By Anna Pepe On November 14th, PATHWAYS seized the opportunity to take Carteret High School students and GSA members to the 12th Annual New Jersey GSA Forum. The event, sponsored by HiTops and GLSEN Central New Jersey, took place at Ocean Township High School and focused on the theme Diving into the Alphabet Soup, addressing the LGBTQ+ acronym which continues to grow. The day consisted of youth, allies and advisors throughout New Jersey coming together for workshops and panels focusing on a range of LGBTQ topics while encouraging individual self expression and safer environments for LGBTQ youth. The keynote speaker, Skylar Kergil, a 24-year-old transgender activist who documented his transition on YouTube was cheered on by youth throughout New Jersey as he shared aspects of his journey and inspired individuality. There was a constant flow of togetherness and enthusiasm throughout the forum as youth and allies had opportunities to meet other...
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NOV
30
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Consider Supporting Wellspring on Giving Tuesday!

Consider Supporting Wellspring on Giving Tuesday!
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, many will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give to organizations like Wellspring Center for Prevention. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for you, your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. For us at Wellspring Center for Prevention, it's been another incredible year. This is in large part as a result of our great Board of Trustees, dedicated staff and terrific friends, clients and colleagues like you. Together, we've celebrated our many accomplishments and take pride in the progress we've made towards our mission. Every year, through our various outreach efforts, Wellspring touches the lives of thousands. We average seven individual contacts during a workday (whether in person or by phone.) We provide referral services to individuals and families at least once a day. Folks from almost every Middlesex County...
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NOV
02
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Unity Day 2015!

Unity Day 2015!
By Anna Pepe October 21, 2015 was Unity Day which focuses on bringing schools and communities together to unite against bullying and join together for acceptance and inclusion. According to findings from the GLSEN 2013 National School Climate Survey most LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students have been victimized in school and have heard anti-LGBT remarks on a regular basis. This all ties in with PATHWAYS newest  club, the Gender & Sexuality Alliance, commonly referred to as the GSA. The GSA is focused on providing a safe space for students to discuss gender and sexuality issues and work to end homophobia and transphobia. GSA students band together to host a Unity Day event for the students of Carteret High School. A very talented sophomore created a beautiful  canvas and painted rainbow which was then surrounded by Ally Pledges in the shape of clouds. Over 300 students signed pledges agreeing to...
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SEP
14
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Carteret High School Student Share their Reasons to Live

Carteret High School Student Share their Reasons to Live
September 7–September 13, 2015 was National Suicide Prevention Week: Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.  The week surrounded International Suicide Prevention Day, Wednesday, September 10 th . Suicide is the 13th leading cause of death overall in New Jersey.  It is the 3 rd leading cause of death for people ages 15-34 in our state and nationally it is the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults.  On average, one person dies by suicide every 12 hours in New Jersey.  It is estimated that in the US, an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status.  An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one. The statistics are staggering but not surprising to the young people...
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AUG
18
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Another Pathways Summer Camp Comes to an End

Another Pathways Summer Camp Comes to an End
Pathways summer program came to a close last Thursday. It was an amazing five weeks spent with 45 youth from Carteret. This group of young people became like a family through the team building activities, fun games, wonderful trips and terrific workshops. Fifteen youth also got to experience an arts program; they were taught by a professional artist and then brought their activities into the community. On the final day, family and friends attended a camp showcase where the campers gave demonstrations of camp activities, as well enjoyed being on stage showing off special talents or sharing meaningful words. Following the showcase, family and friends joined the staff and participants for lunch. When asked on a follow up survey about her child’s experience, one mom said “she really enjoyed the program. It has encouraged her to go on with high school and life.” Another parent stated, “my child is more confident,...
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