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MAR
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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
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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
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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
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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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JAN
22
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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
19
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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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