WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Board of Education accepted $7124 in grant monies from the Somerset County Municipal Youth Services Commission for three Middle School programs for the 2019-20 school year at its last meeting.
The programs are Boys Council,Girls Circle, and Save Promise. The grants are for $2,274 each for Boys Council and Girls Circle, and $ 2576 for Save Promise.
The Warren Township Youth Services Commission works with the Somerset County Municipal Youth Services Commission to “encourage, coordinate, and integrate existing services for youth in the community, and developing and proposing new and innovative programs to meet the identified needs.” The Board of Chosen Freeholders provides funding annually to the Municipal Commissions for programs that are geared towards prevention of at-risk behaviors.
Boys’ Council and Girls’ Circle are programs developed by the One Circle Foundation.
The Boys’ Council program aims to promote boys’ natural strengths, and to increase their options about being male in today’s world. The Council challenges myths about how to be a “real boy” or “real man”. It engages boys in activities, dialogue, and self-expression to question stereotypical concepts and to increase boys’ emotional, social, and cultural literacy by promoting valuable relationships with peers and adult facilitators.
The Girls Circle does not aim to provide advice, but encourages girls to share experiences that are helpful to one another. To participate, girls need only have the desire, make a commitment to attend the meetings, and agree to follow the circle guidelines, i.e. respect, no put-downs or interruptions, offer experiences - not advice, keep the focus on oneself, and keep what’s said in the group private. Girls are free to share at their own pace.
The SAVE Promise Club is a program developed by Sandy Hook Promise.
SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Clubs are a place for young people across the country to show their leadership, creativity and passion for protecting their friends, schools and communities from violence BEFORE it happens.
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