Thursday, May 26, 2016

Parent Program on the Importance of Sleep for the Adolescent

The Samaritan Center Presents “The Parent Academy”
Manasquan-based counseling center to host lecture series focused on the unique challenges facing today’s parents.
Manasquan, NJ- June 1, 2016  The Samaritan Center at the Jersey Shore, a place for families and individuals to turn for counseling, educational opportunities and spiritual enrichment, is proud to announce “The Parent Academy” addressing the unique challenges facing today’s parents.  The series will include spring and fall sessions.
Based on the Samaritan Center’s mission to provide hope and resiliency through professional faith-based counseling, support groups and education programs, the Parent Academy is a six-session program led by physician experts and counselors-that will encourage parents to work together to encourage each other to learn the skills for success.
The Parent Academy Spring Session will begin in May on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at our Manasquan location, 36 South Street and will feature the following:
·         June 1 – Carol Ash, D.O., Director of Sleep Medicine at Meridian Health, board certified general internist and fellowship-trained pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine specialist with more than 15 years’ experience in clinical medicine,  Dr. Ash has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Dr. Oz Show. She will present a program on the “Importance of Sleep for the Adolescent.”
 Parents are welcome to participate in any or all of the workshops.  Learn more about the program by contacting the center directly at 732-223-HOPE(4673).  You can learn more about the Samaritan Center by visiting our website at

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Program to Teach Children Social Skills

Prevention First has worked with Chris Dudick – Owner and Executive Producer of My Small Factory on several projects which allows children to be creative by making their own cartoon characters, scripts, and then pulling it all together to bring it to life.

Chris and his staff have now created “SiLAS “for children to increase social skills, speech and language therapy, etc…including Autistic Children.   

Ted Talk link

I encourage you to take the time to review – I for one am extremely impressed and am confident that many children can benefit from SiLAS, especially in today’s day and age with most relying on technology to communicate.

Friday, May 13, 2016

SPTS Youth Council Application for Student Leaders

Below please find a copy of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide's Youth Council application for the 2016-2017 school year due June 30, 2016.

In its initial year, more than 60 students from over 25 high schools in Monmouth and Ocean County joined the youth initiative to help prevent teen suicide. Youth Council members will play a crucial role in helping to develop programs for community outreach in and around Monmouth and Ocean counties, as well as nationwide. The council's work was presented at the April 5, 2016 Youth Wellness Summit at Neptune High School, which was an amazing student-driven event full of programs for wellness and prevention that included yoga, music, and break-out sessions on self-worth and life transitions.

Many of your high schools hosted meetings and had numerous students with leadership positions on the council. We look forward to growing this program, and we certainly hope that any schools without a student representative considers forwarding the application to students who may be interested in participating. In addition, please know that any student who sat on the Youth Council last year will need to re-apply for the upcoming school year.

If you have any questions about the Youth Council or our Youth Wellness Summit, please feel free to contact me directly. I look forward to receiving applications from your students and another successful year of the Youth Council!

Nicole D'Amore, M.A.
Program Manager | Youth Council Director

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
(732) 410-7900

Youth Council Application

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Explore Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn and Stanford

Dear Colleague,

We will be hosting information sessions for prospective students and their families. Location and registration information can be found at We are currently inviting students on our mailing lists but would be pleased if you would notify qualified rising seniors who may be considering one of our universities.

We hope to see you soon!
The Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn and Stanford Admissions Staffs

Coaltion Application - Summer Workshop Series

The Coalition’s Summer Application Workshop Series is designed to help students get started early on their college applications. Five short ...