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Pathways Raises Awareness for Dating Violence at Carteret High School

Pathways Raises Awareness for Dating Violence at Carteret High School

On February 13th, Pathways SBYSP held a carnation sale and set up a kissing booth in the High School Cafeteria.  You might think this was for Valentine’s Day but our purpose was not to provide students with a way to express their affections for others.  Actually, we were raising awareness for teen dating violence.  Teen Dating Violence month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.  Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.

Each year the money raised by the flower sales goes to an organization that promotes healthy relationships or serves those affected by violence.  This year our recipient is an organization called Minding Your Mind.  Their mission is to “provide mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers and school administrators. {Their} goal is to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues and illnesses.”  In April, Minding Your Mind will be coming to Carteret High School through the Pathways Program to present to our Juniors and Seniors about the risky behaviors that occur around prom season.  This year $400 dollars was raised through flower sales and all profits will be donated.

In addition to the flower sale, Pathways set up a kissing booth.  While love was in the air, our kisses were chocolate filled and tin foil wrapped.  Students spun a wheel and answered questions related to healthy and unhealthy relationship behavior.  Hershey kisses were given out for answering each question.  One such question sparked great debate, whether or not your partner should be able to go through your phone.  In fact, staff took these questions to numerous lunch tables and the willingness of students to engage in productive serious discussions during their lunch break was remarkable.  Pathways has awareness raising events such as this throughout the year.  In the spring our focus will be on bullying prevention and awareness in preparation for our bullying walkathon June 6th

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