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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
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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
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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
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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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Pathways Fatherhood Event Bowls Everyone Over

Pathways Fatherhood Event Bowls Everyone Over
On Saturday August 15th Pathways hosted a father/ father figure and child bowling event.  This event coincides with the NJ Department of Children and Families initiatives aimed at recognition of the importance of male role models and fathers in young people's lives.  Many of the high school age youth who came to bowl were part of the summer program that is run by the Pathways School Based Youth Services Program.  Over thirty people attended the event, and while there were many fathers in attendance, there were also several grandfathers, uncles, brothers and cousins.   When the youth and their father/father figure arrived at the bowling alley, they each took a turn in the photo booth we provided to create a momento of the day.  They were then able to bowl unlimited games and were treated to a catered dinner and dessert.  Not one person left before our reserved time elapsed. The...
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Pathways Summer Program Girls Learn to Embrace Themselves

Pathways Summer Program Girls Learn to Embrace Themselves
By Jelysa Hernandez, LSW, MSW Countless high school aged young women, regardless of ethnicity or upbringing, experience low self-esteem.    According to a study conducted among female high school aged students, 80 percent claimed that negative remarks from others contributed to their low self-esteem and poor body image (Statistics on Self Esteem).   On July 28 th & 30 th , PATHWAYS held a two day “Embody Love” workshop for 12-15 young women who regularly attend the Pathways’ summer program.     “Embody Love” promotes an awareness of positivity and empowerment while incorporating yoga and mindfulness.  On the first day of the workshop, facilitators engaged the group using magazines, videos and personal discussion.   They were shown how the media portrays females and how we are taught to judge ourselves and others based on specific physical standards.  The teenagers began to discuss healthy ways of caring for their mind, body and soul, as...
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JUL
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Pathways Summer Program is Enjoying the Summer!

Pathways Summer Program is Enjoying the Summer!
Each summer Pathways provides a comprehensive recreational program to youth ages 13-18 years old.  This program runs for 20 hours per week, five weeks during the summer months. Programming includes daily team building and self esteem building group activities, sports, games, creative arts and a nutritious hot lunch.  In addition to the daily programming, there are weekly recreational and community services trips.  While all the clinical staff is employed during the summer, we compliment the them with three young adult counselors who are Carteret High School graduates.  These young adults plan and run activities, but they also serve as role models, mentors and inspiration.  We know that if these youth were not participants in the summer program, they would be on the streets. Instead, they return to our program again and again.  This summer we have 45 youth enrolled in camp which began on July 13th.  We are just about to...
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JUN
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A Step in the Right Direction to Prevent Bullying

A Step in the Right Direction to Prevent Bullying
On Saturday, June 6 th , over 200 people gathered in the back of Carteret High School to “take a step in the right direction” and unite against bullying.  Pathways School Based Youth Services Program hosted its 3 rd annual Bullying Prevention Walkathon in Carteret.  The students of the high school and the community of Carteret came out to support this worthy cause.  After the welcome by Program Director Lauren Balkan and acknowledgments by high school senior, Jason Miles, Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman spoke to the audience, declaring June 6, 2015 “Anti Bullying Awareness Day” as a symbol of Carteret’s commitment to the year round struggle against bullying.  In addition to the mayor, Alissa Radford, a student at Carteret High School gave a moving spoken word piece that powerfully demonstrated the strength of hurtful words. Melissa Hopely of Minding Your Mind was the guest speaker of the day. She is a...
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