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Drug Trends: Weeding Out the Hype 
Professional Workshop 
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Parents, guardians and professionals who work with children and families are invited to attend this workshop to learn about the latest drug abuse trends facing our youth today.

Friday, Feb. 26, from 9:00 to 11:30 am 
Somerset County Human Services Building
27 Warren Street, Somerville NJ 08876
First Floor conference room 
Registration and a light breakfast at 8:30 am

 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.

The workshop cost is $20 payable to Friends of Somerset County Youth. To register, email Andrea Clegg. For more information, contact Cindy Britt.

  



School Health
visit us at schoolhealthnj.org  
 
  
Four-Time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs delivered motivational speeches to over 1,000 students and school staff this month.  She travelled all over central New Jersey speaking to youth in Carteret, Long Branch and Highland Park districts.  Students had the opportunity to hear about the hard work and commitment it takes to be a champion, interact with the Four-Time Olympian and win prizes.  Joetta Clark Diggs continues to be an integral partner on EmPoWER Somerset's school health grant inspiring students each year with her motivational dialogues and fitness programs. 


 

We are pleased to announce this unique training opportunity for parents. Click the flyer below to register!


 

Family Success Center
 
A community gathering place that brings families together through free events & local activities and connects families to helpful resources in Somerset County...     
   
Somerset County Ladies- It's that time again!   

Free up space in your closets and help us offset the high cost of 
prom  for local teens.  This year's collection will culminate in a giveaway event on Saturday, April 9th at Raritan Valley Community College, open to all Somerset County high school ladies attending prom!  Please donate your new & gently used dresses & accessories at one of the drop-off locations listed by   4/6/16 . Click below to enlarge the image of drop-off locations.
  Contact the EmPoWER FSC for other ways you can help at 908-722-4400 or fsc@empowersomerset.com
 
        Check out the links below for more 
Family Success Center happenings:
 

Valentines for Veterans  
   
EmPoWER Somerset celebrated the 4th Annual Valentines for Veterans on February 15th with the residents of Community Hope. Handmade valentine cards and desserts were provided by Girl Scout Troop 63008 of Somerville and 60802 of Bridgewater-Raritan. EmPoWER Somerset staff Cheryl Torres and social work interns Colleen Chen, Joe Diacheysn and Emily Christ went above and beyond to make the night a special one for our wonderful Veterans!
   
 

Essay Contest - Still Time to Enter!  
 
Everyday 5,400 young people under 16 have their first drink of alcohol. In an effort to raise awareness about the risks and prevent underage drinking related problems the Safe Communities Coalition of Somerset County is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual Underage Drinking Prevention Essay Contest, being offered in collaboration with Somerset County Department of Human Services, local Municipal Alliance Commissions and EmPoWER Somerset. All public and private Somerset County high schools are invited to participate in this year's essay contest which is open to juniors and seniors. Participating schools may submit their top three student essays into the county-wide essay contest by March 14th.  One county-wide winner will receive a $500 scholarship  and public recognition from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.   The winner will be announced on April 8th in conjunction with "April is Alcohol Awareness Month." 



Our Mission:   EmPoWER Somerset assists individuals and families in making positive lifestyle choices and fosters healthy, drug free communities through education, collaboration, and linkages to resources.