As part of our respect week theme, the Venture Program program presented our students with an improvisational performance by by fellow Bergen County students as part of the Reflections Program. Reflections is a volunteer teen theater group run by the Bergen County Division of Family Guidance. The ensemble presented improvised scenes on a variety of topics which confront young people today: cyber bullying, self esteem, and peer pressure. The purpose of the performances was to provide a forum for discussion.
After the scenes were performed, cast members stayed in character and had an interactive discussion with the Gateway students . The discussion was facilitated by the Reflections Supervisor.
On Friday April 13th the Venture Program hosted award winning and acclaimed artist and illustrator, Caren Lobel-Fried. Ms. Lobel-Fried co-resides between two coasts, Hawaii and New Jersey. She wowed the students with a sample of her art, demonstrating the process of creating art from carved blocks and did a brief reading from one of her five published books. Ms. Lobel-Fried’s books are incorporated into the Hawaiian curriculum. Ms. Loble-Fried actively participated in a Q & A session, answering all of the students researched interview questions. The students were extremely receptive to meeting an author and it proved to be an enjoyable experience for all.
The Venture Program presented a Symposium on February 29, 2012 from 9:30 am-11:30 am. The topic was "Object Relations Theory" and our unique therapeutic and academic program for middle, high school and life skills students. The objective of this symposium was to present an understanding on how the creation of a holding environment impacts emotional literacy, academic achievement, and social competency.
Attendees gained a unique perspective on how to promote an emotionally safe school environment.
Student Workshop on Cyber Bullying
Student Internship at Walgreens