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Pathways Freshman Transition Program Successfully Implemented

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By Jelysa Hernandez, Clinician I The first-ever Pathways Freshman Transition Program was definitely a hit! The program consisted of 32 incoming CHS freshman and 10 mentors. Our mentors were chosen based on their attitude, positive behavior, and willingness to help others. These mentors will assist the freshman as needed during the school year and create a sense of encouragement. All campers participated team building activities including human knot, Coke and Pepsi, and hit the deck. They also enjoyed playing sports together during the week. On Tuesday, all campers went to the NJ State Theatre to see the movie Wonder . Students were able to learn the effects of bullying and understand the importance of kind gestures towards others. Everyone participated in a communication workshop led by Jelysa Hernandez to highlight how unclear communication can lead to confusing interpretations, emphasize the need for clarity when communicating, and understand the various types...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 3, 2018

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Relaxing patient privacy protections will harm people with addiction The nation is in the midst of a staggering opioid epidemic. Over 115 people die from an overdose each day – and all signs indicate that the problem is getting worse. Learn More   Addiction builds in the brain over time, new research shows There are certain risk factors that can contribute to a person’s struggle with addiction, including genetic predispositions, environmental influences, poor coping methods, and behavioral issues. Learn More   Now Hiring: A Company Offers Drug Treatment And A Job To Addicted Applicants It's hard enough for employers to find workers to fill open jobs these days, but on top of it, many prospective hires are failing drug tests. Learn More   Opioid Use Hasn't Declined In The Last Decade Despite Addiction Crisis Addiction to prescription opioids like oxycodone has risen so rapidly in the last decade that now...
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Prevention Week at South Brunswick High School

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By Melisa Damcevska. The week of May 14th to May 19th marks SAMHSA’s 6th annual Prevention Week, a week that is solely dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health. This year’s 2018 theme is “Action Today. Healthier Tomorrow” reminding all of us that the choices we make today will have consequences later on in life. Individuals, organizations, coalitions, and communities are encouraged to spread information and raise awareness to the prevention of substance use and the importance of mental health and wellness. Each day of the week focuses on particular topic: promotion of mental health, underage drinking, prescription drug and opioid misuse, youth marijuana and illicit drug use, prevention of suicide and prevention of youth tobacco use. South Brunswick High School is just one of the schools and communities across Middlesex County participating in Prevention Week. Students wrote letters to their future selves titled...
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PALS Students Volunteer at Children’s Specialized Hospital

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By Jelysa Hernandez, MSW Clinician and PALS Advisor On Friday March 9th, 2018, 10 selected PALS students took a trip to visit the Children’s Specialized Hospital for the third time. This time was just as meaningful as the rest. Children’s Specialized Hospital offers a monthly recreational program called Friday night fever for teens with disabilities. The program provides opportunities for teens to make friends, socialize, participate in activities and have an opportunity to hang out. All volunteers arrived on time at Pathways after school and were eager to spend time together. Pathways provided transportation to and from the event. Our volunteers played video and board games, all while allowing each individual to discuss whatever he or she felt comfortable sharing. Everyone had a great time and bonded at the end after playing a game which resulted in all participants laughing on the floor. According to Courier Post online, nearly 15...
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Carteret High School Students March for Parkland, Florida

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On Wednesday, March 14th, students across the country organized mass walkouts to demand safer schools. Students marked the National Walkout Day by leaving their classrooms at 10 a.m. (local times) to make a nationwide appeal for school safety and safe access to education. Students from more than 2,800 schools and colleges signed up to participate, with walkouts scheduled throughout the U.S. and as far as Australia, The United Kingdom, and Germany. We’re proud of the fact that Carteret High School students organized a walkout to show their solidarity for those who lost their lives in our nation’s most recent tragic school shooting. Approximately 250 students walked out of Carteret High School at 10am Wednesday morning to join youth around the country in a show of peaceful protest against violence in schools. The students gathered in the school parking lot and respectfully listened while the names of all 17 people lost...
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