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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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MAY
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CHS Students Present at Annual Teen Conference

CHS Students Present at Annual Teen Conference
After almost four years of participating in Pathways programs, three Carteret High School seniors had a unique opportunity to share some of their experiences and knowledge with other teens throughout New Jersey. Samantha Mahoney, Samaria Walker-Raeford and Andrea Rivas presented a workshop at the annual Planned Parenthood Conference at Brookdale College. The workshop, entitled "Reflections: Loving the Real You" , encouraged teens to compare themselves to icebergs given that such a small percentage is visible above water, while the majority of our true selves remains masked below the surface. The CHS students invited other teens to explore what's below their surface which sparked group conversations as teens identified similarities with one another. At the end of the workshop all participants received a positive affirmation card as a reminder that every individual is unique and special. Each year, Pathways brings students from Carteret High School to the annual Planned Parenthood teen conference. ...
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A Link in the Chain Against Bullying

A Link in the Chain Against Bullying
This week, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) was in the Carteret High School cafeteria creating a chain to unite the students against bullying.   Each link on the chain was created by a student.  On one side they wrote something which makes them unique and on the other, they wrote what they do or can do to prevent bullying.  SADD students engaged their peers in this process and created a dialogue at each table they went to about the effects of bullying on individuals and the school environment.   There are approximately 250 links in the chain which was created in one day during lunch periods.  The links have statements like "I will stop bullying when I see it", "Don't be a bystander", "I will support those who are getting bullied", "I will be there to listen to anyone who needs to talk" and "We need to stand together".  The chain...
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SADD Week Culminates in a Moving Assembly

SADD Week Culminates in a Moving Assembly
This week at Carteret High School, Pathways School Based Youth Services Program recognized SADD week.   SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions , is a student club facilitated by Pathways SBYSP with the goal of raising awareness of and preventing student engagement in destructive behaviors. Many of the acitivities focus on distracted driving, substance use and relationship violence.  Each year, Pathways SBYSP attempts to coordinate SADD week with Prom season with the hopes of decreasing risk taking behavior.   Earlier in the week SADD students were in the cafeteria leading activities focused on "partying smart".  Students who are going to prom signed a pledge to be safe during and after prom, these pledges were displayed on the cafeteria wall.   After taking the pledge to be smart and safe students were able to play prom pong.  A clever play on the all too familiar beer pong, students bounced a ping pong ball...
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MAR
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Carteret Students Get Ready for Prom

Carteret Students Get Ready for Prom
On March 21st The Pathways School Based Youth Services Program brought 30 Carteret High School students to Long Branch High School to participate in Cinderella's Closet Prom Boutique . Cinderella's Closet of Monmouth County is an organization dedicated to promoting self-esteem among young adults by providing less fortunate high school students the opportunity to attend their prom in style. The annual Prom Boutique invites students in need to “shop” for their prom attire for a suggested small donation in an uplifting and positive atmosphere.   The organization collects hundreds of dresses, many with the tags still on them and creates a beautiful "boutique" in the enormous Long Branch High School gym.  There is also a section for boys that has pants, jackets, shirts, shoes and ties.  Each young lady is paired with a personal shopper who assists her for her for the entire "shopping experience".  The young women are able to...
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MAR
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Pathways Schedules 3rd Annual Walkathon for Bullying Prevention

Titled "A Step in the Right Direction”, Pathways 3 rd Annual Walkathon for Bullying Prevention is coming Saturday, June 6, 2015. Registration area is scheduled to open 8:30AM at Pathways. The Walkathon will start at 10 am in front of Pathways at Carteret High School. Registration form is available here. .
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MAR
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Recent Pathways Events Facilitated by SADD and PALS

In recognition of Above the Influence Day Pathways had students write how they stay above the influence. At the same time, to raise awareness and support for suicide prevention students created a Path of Hope that featured bricks that noted individual students’ goal for the future Pathways also sold “Just Because!” cards that were distributed to individual students as requested by the purchasers. All proceeds were be donated on Sunday. To celebrate Unity Day. A student painted an “Our World” mural to celebrate Unity Day. Students each wrote their name on a person depicted in the mural as their way of showing that they are united against bullying. Noted one student: “There was a lot going on but it was really wonderful!  It was really awesome to see how many students were involved- both as volunteers and participants.”
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