EmPoWER Somerset's News, Events & Happenings

September 2023

Welcome Back to School

EmPoWER is excited to once again implement social and emotional learning (SEL) and prevention programs for students and school staff across the state. Through support, care, and education we aim to improve the lives of youth across NJ. Have a happy and healthy school year!

Teen Speak at Coastal FSC

EmPoWER facilitated Teen Speak in August at Coastal Communities Family Success Center in Long Branch. Betzy and Jennifer provided the program in Spanish to 18 parents. Teen Speak equips parents and caregivers with the tools to safeguard, foster connections, and cultivate trust with their teenagers. We look forward to working with more parents and caregivers this school year!

Pioneer FSC Hosts Outdoor Movie Night

Pioneer families had a great time watching Encanto while snacking on popcorn, chips and cookies at the August Family Fun Night! Families enjoyed the beautiful sunset. We look forward to seeing you at the campfire event in September. Click below for more Pioneer FSC events.


Overdose Awareness Event at the Ballpark

EmPoWER joined Operation Helping Hand (OHH) for the 3rd Annual Opioid Overdose Awareness Day event at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots. The event honored those in recovery and lives lost to addiction. OHH is a program where law enforcement plays an integral part in identifying individuals with substance use disorders and together with community partners serves as a point of entry into treatment and/or recovery support services.

Welcome New Employees!

My name is Marline, and I recently graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Political Science and Gender Studies. Currently, I work as an assistant for the Overdose Fatality Review Team. I collaborate with Esther Lee to strengthen the OFR team and expand outreach to combat the opioid crisis in our community. Outside of work, I enjoy hobbies such as puzzles, gaming, and cooking. I am thrilled to work at EmPoWER!

Hi, my name is Isabella Salafia. I am a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. I am excited to join the EmPoWER Somerset team as the Prevention Hub Program Associate. In my free time I love to read, workout, and travel. I am super eager to work with everyone and be a part of an amazing organization.

Hello, my name is Fernandel Almonor. I have a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University. Prior to joining EmPoWER Somerset, I developed a 10+ year background in career counseling, workforce development, and program management. Through my recent position at Catholic Charities AYE, I successfully built an infrastructure that increased business development and enrollment. I also served as Student and Career Services Director at Hollywood’s renown Elegance International Professional School of Makeup where I authored soft skill curriculum and facilitated multiple workshops, which significantly increased employment outcomes for many students from diverse international backgrounds.

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We EmPoWER individuals and families to make positive lifestyle choices by promoting healthy communities through education, collaboration, and connections to resources.

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