Posts Tagged ‘youth’

BE UNLIMITED | Encouraging All That Young People Can Be, Do And Achieve

Friday, May 16th, 2014

At Be Unlimited, the mission is to develop the mindset, life skills, and tools essential for young people to confidently reach their highest potential, make a difference in their communities, and positively impact the world around them.

Be Unlimited is committed to producing educational media that can be used to promote critical thinking skills, personal growth, and well-being among young people. When properly used as a learning tool, media can also provide a means for self-awareness and reflection so vital to the healthy development of adolescent lives.

Click here to learn more about Be Unlimited and The SPE@K Project!

Join us Wed 6/11 for New Jersey’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs Present Soaring Beyond Expectations: A Statewide Afterschool Showcase

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Click here for details and to register!

This Afterschool Showcase will highlight best practices of NJ’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Programs

This event is open statewide to anyone interested in utilizing afterschool, before school or summer school as a strategy to improve youth’s knowledge and skills and engage them in meaningful learning opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • School personnel
  • Afterschool directors
  • Teachers
  • Youth Workers
  • Others interested in starting or enhancing an existing afterschool, before school or summer program

When: Wednesday, June 11, 2014  

Time: 8:30am – 2:30pm

Where: NJPSA
12 Centre Drive
Monroe Twp, NJ 08831

Directions: http://www.njpsa.org/?q=directions

Cost: $30 per person includes lunch and all materials.

When registering you will need to select the workshops you would like to attend.

Please click here to see the descriptions of the workshops being offered. Workshops will fill up quickly. Register early to have the best chance of getting your first choice. If a workshop is full it will not appear as a choice when you register.

Last day to register is June 2, 2014!

For questions, contact us via phone at: (908) 789-0259 or via e-mail at: registration@njsacc.org. This training is brought to you by the New Jersey Department of Education in collaboration with NJSACC.

This project was funded in part with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

Sensational Summer Resources from the School Nutrition Association (SNA)

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Sensational Summer Resources from the School Nutrition Association (SNA)

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As a school nutrition professional, providing nutritious meals for students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs (NSLP and SBP) is of the upmost importance. But when the last bell of the school year rings, many of the children who rely on these programs throughout the year are left at serious risk of going hungry. The federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can help bridge the hunger gap.

If you think your community could benefit from participating in the SFSP, or you would like to expand your existing program through better promotion and marketing, this Summer Feeding Toolkit-brought to you by the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and the National Watermelon Promotion Board-is for you. This online toolkit has the following elements to help you:

Join us Wed 6/11 for New Jersey’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs Present Soaring Beyond Expectations: A Statewide Afterschool Showcase

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Click here for details and to register!

This Afterschool Showcase will highlight best practices of NJ’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Programs

This event is open statewide to anyone interested in utilizing afterschool, before school or summer school as a strategy to improve youth’s knowledge and skills and engage them in meaningful learning opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • School personnel
  • Afterschool directors
  • Teachers
  • Youth Workers
  • Others interested in starting or enhancing an existing afterschool, before school or summer program

When: Wednesday, June 11, 2014  

Time: 8:30am – 2:30pm

Where: NJPSA
12 Centre Drive
Monroe Twp, NJ 08831

Directions: http://www.njpsa.org/?q=directions

Cost: $30 per person includes lunch and all materials.

When registering you will need to select the workshops you would like to attend.

Please click here to see the descriptions of the workshops being offered. Workshops will fill up quickly. Register early to have the best chance of getting your first choice. If a workshop is full it will not appear as a choice when you register.

Last day to register is June 2, 2014!

For questions, contact us via phone at: (908) 789-0259 or via e-mail at: registration@njsacc.org. This training is brought to you by the New Jersey Department of Education in collaboration with NJSACC.

This project was funded in part with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

Teen Creates Powerful Educational Video to Encourage Understanding of People with Autism

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Teen Creates Powerful Educational Video to Encourage Understanding of People with Autism

Westfield teen brings together experts and community to influence teens to accept peers with autism spectrum disorder

Fanwood, NJ, September 9, 2013 – Autism Family Times with Brianna, Inc., a local non-profit offering family-based programming for families living with autism spectrum disorder, has taken part in supporting the production of a compelling video, created by a young teen who serves as a peer mentor for the organization. Alexandra Jackman of Westfield, NJ, has created A Teen’s Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with Autism – aimed to encourage teens to understand and accept with peers who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The film, now viewable online at: http://youtu.be/p9-l19CKISg, was developed as part of an independent study program at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield. Eighth grade students who are selected to take part in this Teddy Roosevelt Scholars program work with a teacher-mentor on a particular topic of student interest. Alex emphasized, “The purpose of my specific project was to help teenagers be more aware and understanding of people with autism spectrum disorder. The video is so important to me because I feel it could help anyone, especially typically-developing teens, to feel that they can interact and get to know people with autism and not be scared of the differences. People tend to be more accepting when they are more knowledgeable.” This project represents her passion about making sure people with special needs are understood and treated fairly.

Autism Family Times has been coordinating training of peer mentors in order for them to participate in various educational and creative projects with children with ASD and other special needs. At age ten, Alex was trained as a peer mentor through this organization. Alex serves as a lead mentor, working with teens and young children with ASD. “I know so many people with autism through the volunteer work I do and I care about them a lot,” says Jackman. Claudette Bardwil, president of Autism Family Times affirms Alex’s favorable interactions with children of all abilities. “Alex is involved side by side with children with autism and other mentors. In all her volunteer efforts, her acceptance is contagious!”

As she developed the video, Alex emphasized that she wanted to include people who had expertise and personal insights in ASD, as well as some children and teens with the disorder. For Alex, the film needed to be entertaining, engaging, and relatable for teens. “I thought a good trustable way to present this information would be by interviewing experts in the field.” Jed Baker, Ph.D., a distinguished clinical psychologist, behavioral consultant, author, and lecturer accepted Alex’s request to participate in this project. Dr. Baker understands many common issues related to teens with ASD and provides teen viewers with useful and practical information. Commending Alex and her project Dr. Baker underscored, “This is a great video created by an insightful student to help her peers understand what it is like to have autism. This is not your typical dry educational presentation, but a dynamic presentation that speaks to students of all ages to increase their sensitivity to those with autism.”

Also participating in the film is Adrienne Robertiello, Autism Educator at Children’s Specialized Hospital and Board member of Autism Family Times with Brianna. Ms. Robertiello steers collaborative initiatives to facilitate the awareness and participation of children with ASD and their families in community settings. Through generous funding from Kohl’s Cares, Adrienne presents to families, community service providers, organizations, governmental agencies, as well as general members of the community. One of the hospital’s autism education initiatives – Friends Like You. Friends Like Me. – helps educate children about ASD and offers tools to facilitate friendships among children with or without ASD. Because of this parallel message, Alex requested Ms. Robertiello’s participation in the teen film. “This is exciting,” says Ms. Robertiello.

“Alexandra has been able to put together an important message in a manner that’s relevant to teens. This would be an effective piece to use in schools and other forums during autism awareness month or to support character education programs.”

Children with ASD and their families worked with Alex to help her illustrate positive attributes, rather than emphasizing the challenges of the disorder. A Teen’s Guide to Understanding & Communicating with People with Autism highlights actions and voices of teens with ASD – revealing their affirmative spirit and desire for friendship. Alex has expressed her appreciation of all those involved in the film, demonstrating their support for building positive community relationships. Alex’s parents, Michael and Lisa Jackman, are very proud of their daughter’s accomplishment. “She has worked so hard, using her passion to make an impact on the people around her and beyond. She really enjoys and respects the children and teens with special needs and wanted to share her feelings with others.”

Ultimately, it is Alex’s hope that this video can help people with autism be more accepted in the community. As she now enters high school, she plans to promote more awareness about ASD, continuing her work with children with special needs through local organizations such as Autism Family Times with Brianna, the Friendship Circle and the Temple Emanu-El Ma’ayan Education Program for Students with Special Needs. A Facebook page has been established for information sharing and updates about Alex’s work and video.

The link to this page is: https://www.facebook.com/autismguide.