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A Call to Action: A Community Conversation About Our Kids

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Joetta Clark Diggs Women’s Empowerment Summit

Young Athletes Program

Special Olympics Letter of Support

Right in Our Backyard: The Drug Addiction Epidemic in Suburbia

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The Blunt Truth: The Effects of Marijuana on the Teen Brain parent workshop

Get the Facts on the Effects & Risks of Marijuana
Youth Services Panel Discussion on March 23

The Blunt Truth Effects of marijuana on the teenage brain flyer

Today, there are 25 states, including New Jersey, that have legalized medical marijuana. Many teens now view it as a safe recreational drug, but what are the facts? What effect does marijuana have on the developing teenage brain?

The county Office of Youth Services will host the panel discussion on Thursday, March 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Somerville Middle School, located at 51 West Cliff St. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/theblunttruthpanel. Walk-ins welcome.

Topics will include the effects of marijuana on the teenage brain, law enforcement’s assessment of the local situation, consequences and recovery. Participating in the panel discussion will be Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Professional Addiction Counselor Paul Lavella Jr., Somerville High School Psychologist Danielle Zurawiecki and Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Program Coordinator Ricki Arvesen.

This program is sponsored by the Somerset County Youth Services Commission, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, EmPoWER Somerset, the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse and the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon and Somerset.

Drug Trends: Weeding out the Hype

Drug Trends: Weeding Out the Hype

Workshop for Professionals

Friday, Feb. 26

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SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites parents, guardians and professionals who work with children and families to a workshop to learn about the latest drug abuse trends facing our youth today.

The program will be held Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the first floor conference room at the Somerset County Human Services Building, located at 27 Warren Street.  Parking is available in the adjacent parking deck. Registration and a light breakfast will be offered at
8:30 a.m.

Keynote speaker Michael Litterer will review the latest substance abuse trends and provide information about popular alternative drugs, including synthetic marijuana, Flakka, Molly and vaporization. Attendees also will learn about the damaging effects of these drugs, methods for identifying them and the impact our culture has on trends.

Michael Litterer is the Deputy Director of Prevention Links, a nonprofit organization that implements federal, state and local grants to provide prevention programs and recovery support services. He has 15 years of experience in the field of prevention and early intervention and is a national presenter on the topic.

This program is cosponsored by the Somerset County Youth Services Commission, Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon and Somerset New Jersey, EmPoWER Somerset, the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse and the Friends of Somerset County Youth.

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For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Andrea Clegg, Somerset County Youth Services, at (908) 704-6352 or clegg@co.somerset.nj.us.

The Anonymous People

EmPoWER Somerset is pleased to support Somerset County Providers Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in inviting the public to view “The Anonymous People” as part of the county’s proclamation of September as Recovery Month.

Tuesday, Sept. 29th

11:30 am to 2 pm 

Somerset County/Bridgewater Library

corner of North Bridge Street and Vogt Drive

Light refreshments and networking will begin at 11:30 am and the film will be shown at noon.  A panel discussion and question and answer session will be held immediately after the film.   Pre-registration is encouraged.

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Workshop on Narcan and Heroin

Saving Lives: Somerset County’s Multi-Agency Response to

Those Fighting Heroin Addiction

 Friday February 27, 2015

9:00am –11:30am

27 Warren Street, Somerville NJ 08876

First Floor Conference room

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Join us for an informative panel discussion on Narcan and Heroin featuring panelists:

Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano

Chief of Detectives Timothy Fitzgerald

Detective Sergeant David Whipple

Assistant Prosecutor John Ascione

Somerset Treatment Services’ Executive Director, Barbara Schlichting LCSW, LCADC, CPS

This workshop is sponsored in Partnership by Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Somerset County Youth Services Commission, Somerset Treatment Services, EmPoWER Somerset and Safe Communities Coalition of Somerset County.

 Cost is $20 payable to Friends of Somerset County Youth

To register contact Andrea Clegg at clegg@co.somerset.nj.us

Includes light breakfast and 3 professional development credits

B-FUN Free Family Program

Black Family Unity Night

March 3, 2015 – April 14, 2015

Tuesday Evenings from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Franklin Middle School

415 Francis Street, Somerset, NJ 08873

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Join EmPoWER Somerset, Middle Earth, and the Student Assistance Program at Franklin Township Public Schools as they provide the state’s first Black Family Unity Night (B-FUN) program! B-FUN, also known as Strong African-American Families, is a 7-week, evidence-based program, designed to strengthen parent/youth communication skills and increase academic success in youth. The program helps to strengthen parents’/caregivers’ ability to find a balance between firm parenting and showing love and helps youth to develop healthy goals for the future. This program is exclusively for youth aged 10-14 and their parents and/or caregivers. B-FUN is open to all Somerset County families. Register for this fun, free, and enriching family program to get the tools, skills, and strategies to build stronger African-American families!


Incentives are available for families who complete the program.

To register, contact Abena Dakwahene at 908-722-4900 or abena@empowersomerset.com

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