Friday, April 28, 2017

Help Lunch Break Reach Their Goal


Just two months ago we committed to raising 100,000 pounds of food to keep our shelves stocked during the summer months. Thanks to you, we’re more than halfway there. But we still need your help. Keep collecting, please, even if you’ve brought us a donation already.

One Month Left to Reach Our Goal!

Bring your food donations to our back door at 121 Dr s. James Parker Blvd. in Red Bank. We’ll be ready to help unload your vehicle from 9 am – 2 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am – 11 am on Saturday.

Or… drop off your food donations at our No Empty Shelves Drop Off Day and Open House on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Celebrate with us, tour our facility, and enjoy some delicious treats. Bring your whole family. We’re eager to show you Lunch Break in action.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Two River Theater Metro Scholarships - Rising Juniors

A friendly reminder – if you have questions, we have answers! Please spread the word. Applications are due on May 19.

METRO SCHOLAR INFO SESSION: Tomorrow - Tuesday, April 25 from 4:00-5:00 at Two River Theater. Teachers, Students and their Parents/Guardians can learn more about the program from staff and current Metro Scholars, take a tour of the theater, and get answers to their questions.

Kate Cordaro Director of Education
Two River Theater Company| 21 Bridge Avenue | Red Bank, NJ 07701
(: 732-345-1400 x 1814 | 7: 732-345-1414 | *:

I am pleased to announce that applications for Two River Theater’s 2017/18 Metro Scholar program are now available here:

Here’s a brief synopsis of the program:

Metro Scholars: This year-long, highly competitive program, open to high school juniors from across New Jersey, is a unique opportunity for students to learn about professional theater. In addition to seeing every show in Two River Theater’s season for free, selected students take workshops and master classes with professional artists and assist staff throughout the company – an immersion into theater that has made this a proven training ground for the country’s best university programs.  Since 2005, 130 outstanding students have completed the Metro Scholars program.

METRO SCHOLAR INFO SESSION: Next Tuesday, April 25 from 4:00-5:00 at Two River Theater. Teachers, Students and their Parents/Guardians can learn more about the program from staff and current Metro Scholars, take a tour of the theater, and get answers to their questions.

Please feel free to forward this email directly to your interested high school sophomores (the program will take place during their junior year).  We would love for your students to work and play with us!

13 Reasons Why - Information from the Governor's Council

Perhaps you have heard that on March 31st Netflix released a new series called “13 Reasons Why”.  If you are not aware of this, you should know that the youth you may come into contact with have most probably heard of it and may have already watched it.   This series has become an instant attraction to young people.  Across the country, youth are binge watching this series and are reacting to it with friends and on social media.

“13 Reasons Why” is a series about a young high school girl, Hannah, who takes her own life and sends out 13 cassette tapes to those whom she blames for her death. The series was adapted from a book of the same name.  While the show is fictional, the series is extremely graphic and raises significant concerns about the emotional safety of those watching it – especially for those youth who may have had some experience with mental health issues, suicidal thoughts or behaviors. 

We, at New Jersey’s Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council, want you to be aware of this series and how to provide some safety for youth around the show’s content and any feelings the show may be bringing up for them.  In order to address these issues with teenagers we need to remember to ask about what they are feeling and seeing and we need to listen.  While there are some very disturbing and graphic scenes and ideas, there are some strengths in the series that provide excellent opportunities to have a conversation about suicide prevention and how to protect yourself and your friends.  We encourage parents to watch the series with their children and have these conversations openly rather than simply criticizing a series that most teens are already watching.  We have provided a handout from the National Association of School Psychologists which provides some excellent guidelines for discussion and response whether you are an educator, mental health professional, parent or youth. 

We encourage you to share these talking points, as well as the resources listed below, with anyone who has contact with youth including teachers, counselors, parents etc.  We understand that this material can be difficult and if you do not feel comfortable or if you are interested in further education on how to become a partner in youth suicide prevention, how to get additional suicide prevention education or training, or if you are in need of mental health support for yourself or others, we encourage you to reach out to the following resources. 

Mental Health Resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273- TALK
NJ Hopeline - 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735)
2nd Floor Youth Helpline - 888-222-2228 (call or text)

Training and Education Resources:
Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth (732) 235-2810  (

On behalf of New Jersey’s Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council, thank you for listening. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Michelle Scott, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Chair, New Jersey’s Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council

Colleges Should Apply to Us

A parent just shared this commentary with me and I wanted to pass it along. Don't forget as you're shopping for a college, they are shopping for a freshman class. Never let the pedigree or selectivity rating of an institution drive your decision. Always remind yourself you are looking for the best fit for your son or daughter as well as likely the return on investment for your tuition dollars.

Colleges Should Apply to Us

Friday, April 21, 2017

TCNJ Summer Program Webinar

Get an edge and earn college credit the summer before college.

Please join us for an evening webinar to learn more about our Pre-College Programs for Summer 2017.

Date:  April 27th, 2017
Time:  6:00 PM EDT
Where:  Right from your own computer!

Register Here for the Webinar

TCNJ will be offering several Pre-College programs!
Rising Juniors / Seniors will:
  • Live on one of the most beautiful campuses in the region
  • Engage with other students in an academic and social setting
  • Participate in activities that will build their community service or academic portfolio while earning college credit
Rising Freshmen / Sophomores will:
  • Explore careers in health and science in a daytime academic and intellectual environment
  • Engage with other students in an academic and social setting
  • Participate in activities that will build their academic portfolio and career awareness
Credit-bearing course options for juniors and seniors include:
  • SOC 101 / Introduction to Sociology
  • HIS 177 / 20th Century US History
  • POL 100 / Garden State
Non-Credit bearing course options for freshman and sophomores include:

Vitalities: A Summer Academy for the Exploration of Health Professions
Environments: A Summer Academy In Ecology and Field Biology
Nature's Law: A Summer Academy in Physics.

    Information and an application can be found at
    The College of New Jersey
    Summer and Winter Programs
    Green Hall 203, The College of New Jersey
    Phone: (609) 771-2369

    Mental Health Awareness Day

    May 4th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. The Children’s System of Care is doing various events around the state, and in Monmouth we have the pleasure of holding our Awareness Day at the Allaire Community Farm!

    If you’ve never been to the farm they are a registered non-profit and a safe space for children with developmental, behavioral, mental health, and substance use needs. They do wonderful work, and these types of events align perfectly with their mission statement. The event will run 4-7 and there will be a petting zoo, hayrides, pizza and refreshments, pony rides 6-7pm, and the kids can collect chicken eggs!

    We are asking any interested parties who want to attend to RSVP here:

    Please direct any questions or concerns to Chad Majczan, MonmouthCares, 732-222-8008 x 159

    College Bound Money Boot Camp

    College Bound Money Boot Camp

    Welcome to Rowan University’s College Bound Money Boot Camp! Whether you are a current college student, thinking about a 2 year or 4 year college program, a technical college or program, or a training program leading to a certification, it’s important to plan for what your student or you will be studying, where your student will enroll and how your student and you will pay for it. The College Bound Money Boot Camp is designed as a one-day series of workshops and informational tables where current students, incoming students, and family members work side by side with the University’s Admissions Office, Financial Aid Office, and Lenders to gain a head start and competitive edge on the admission and payment process.

    Common Application (CommonApp)
    Ms. Janelle Alexander, Assistant Director, Office of Admissions
    Ms. Charissa Burgos, Assistant DirectorOffice of Admissions

    Transfer Application
    Ms. Jeanne Lewis, Assistant Director, Office of Admissions (Rowan Merit Scholarship)
    Dr. Albert Betts, Jr., Director, Office of Admissions

    Your Money
    Ms. Brandi Blanton, Financial Literacy Specialist, Office of Financial Aid
    Ms. Pamela D. Gordy, Director, Office of Financial Aid

    Money Management
    Ms. Brandi Blanton, Financial Literacy Specialist, Office of Financial Aid
    Ms. Pamela D. Gordy, Director, Office of Financial Aid

    Event Information:
    Event Name:College Bound Money Boot Camp
    Event Location:Savitz Hall, Rowan University
    Event Date:Saturday, May 13, 2017
    Event Start Time:8:30 am – 3:30 pm
    College Bound Money Boot Camp registration must be done by May 6, 2017 by emailing your participation confirmation and/or any questions to

    ***Event is free and open to middle and high school students and parents and others entering college for the first time. A continental breakfast and box lunch will be provided.***


    Julie A. Peterson, Director
    Office of Student Enrichment & Family Connections
    Phone: 856-256-4596
    Julie A. Peterson

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Student Debt and Elite College Articles

    In anticipation of May 1st, seniors are narrowing their college lists and understanding how much college will really cost them. Since ROI is a topic I like to frequent and I feel it imperative to communicate the message that it's the caliber of the student, not the pedigree of the institution that defines future success; I found these articles timely. Click here and here.

    My two cents:

    1. College is a great investment in yourself, but so is buying a home. Don't saddle yourself with unnecessary debt.

    2. Your success is not defined by where you go to college. Be confident in your worth. Whether you are a college student or in the workforce, share your gifts to make the world a better place (and do it with enthusiasm.)