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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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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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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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Pathways students and staff participate in Suicide Prevention Walkathon in Saddle Brook

Held at the Saddle River County, Otto C. Pehle Park, the Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature event bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country. "Of the various walks we've attended in the past, this walk seemed exceptionally meaningful and special," noted Lindsay Rich, Senior Clinician at Pathways. She added "The pre-walk ceremony really touched upon the importance of recognizing mental illness as a serious problem in this country, and how we still need to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness in order to begin to eradicate the tragedy of suicide that is associated with it." The event featured a candlelight ceremony and a poignant speech from a survivor who is now an advocate in the field. "While it was a beautiful day for a three mile walk, it was...
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