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    Colt Connection School-Based Youth Service Program (SBYSP)

    The School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) initiative was started throughout the State of New Jersey in 1987 to help young people navigate their adolescent years, finish their education, obtain skills leading to employment or continuing education, and graduate healthy and drug free.

    Adolescents have numerous concerns and problems. Since a substantial number of teenagers have multiple problems that call for several different services, SBYSP provides an array of employment, health, and social services. Services are available to all youth and recreation is provided. In addition to the following core services, each site develops services which respond to local needs, such as on-site child care, so that teen parents can stay in school.

    The major services are:

         Mental health and family services
         Healthy youth development
         Access to primary and preventative health services
         Substance abuse counseling
         Employment services
         Pregnancy prevention programs
         Learning support services
         Family involvement
         Referrals to community based services
         Recreation

    One-Stop Shopping

    SBYSP sites, which are located in each of the 21 counties in or near schools in urban, rural, and suburban communities, are open to all youth ages 10-19, and provide services before, during, and after school, as well as throughout the summer. The comprehensive "one-stop shopping" design helps break down barriers and bureaucratic roadblocks that too often prevent young people from obtaining services and supports. The program has been extended to younger students in some school districts. Currently there are 90 SBYSP operating in 67 high schools, 18 middle schools, and five elementary schools.

    A recently-completed three-year evaluation of the SBYSP shows that New Jersey's model program is effective in providing services that adolescents use to address their problems. The evaluation was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and conducted by the Academy for Educational Development (AED). The final report from AED concludes that SBYSP has been able to make important differences in the lives of vulnerable students.

    Specifically, youth who were involved in SBYSP showed:

         Increased educational aspirations and higher accumulation of credits toward graduation
         Diminished feelings of unhappiness, sadness, depression, and suicidal thoughts
         Improved sleep habits and less worrying
         Less destructive behavior and fewer feelings of anger
         Decreased use of tobacco and alcohol
         More and improved interaction with families and friends
         Better use of contraceptives to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases

    The Cumberland Regional High School SBYSP – Colt Connection – was founded in 2001 and continues to be made possible through various public and private grants and the generosity of the school district and greater Cumberland County, NJ, community.

    Colt Connection is a collaboration between the Cumberland Regional School District Board of Education, CompleteCare Health Network, and the NJ Department of Children & Families.

    For information on CompleteCare Health Network Privacy Practices and Patient Rights, please click here.

    School-Day Services - 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

     

    After-School and Non-School-Day Services - By Appointment Only

     

    Please call 856-451-9400, ext. 279, for more information.

    If you find yourself in a mental health emergency, please dial 911 or go to your local hospital emergency room.

    Interested in making an appointment? Students may access the office before / after the school day and during their lunch period to pick up information and consent forms, make an appointment, and learn more about what Colt Connection has to offer. Staff will then make their best attempt to make an appointment during the school day that makes the least impact on the students’ academic success.

     

    Staff Member

    Position

    Extension

    Schedule

    Matt Lawrence-Evans

    Program Director

    276

    M-F

    8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

             
    Cindy Bernstein Assistant to Program Director 279 M,W,F 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
             

    Gwen Piccioni

    Youth Development Specialist 

    274

    M-F

    7:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

             

    Natalie Castro

    Mental Health Counselor 

    224

    M-F 

    7:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

             

    Eric deJong

    Support Counselor

    273 

    T

    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

             

    Colleen Kennedy

    Employment/Support Counselor

    273 

    T,W,Th

    7:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. (T,W)
    7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Th)

             

    Colleen Prater

     

    Family and Academic Liaison

    202

     

    M,W,Th

     

    7:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. (M,W)
    7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Th)

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