County Conference Aims To Help Boys Become Make Good Decisions

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – About 80 boys from high schools throughout the county today attended a conference designed to provide them with valuable knowledge, resources and tools to help them make good decisions now so they ensure a productive future.

The 2012 Young Men’s Conference, “Boys to Men: Decisions Made Today Define My Tomorrow,” was sponsored by the Middlesex County Office of Human Services in collaboration with Middlesex County College’s Office of Minority Affairs and UMDNJ University Behavioral Health Care. It was held at David B. Crabiel Hall on the Middlesex County College campus.

Participants attended workshops focused on navigating past pitfalls to get to college, critical thinking, cultural diversity and growth and development. A “Jeopardy” style quiz game covered everything from substance abuse topics to bullying.

The keynote speaker was Wayne Dennis, Principal of Patton J. Hill Elementary School in Trenton, who presented “From Hip Hop to Jazz: How Music Influences Our Everyday Lives.”

“It is so important that our young people understand that the decisions they make today will shape their future,” said Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, chair of the county’s Community Services Committee. “It is our hope that through the workshops and by being given a chance to ask questions and work with their peers, these young men will see that their potential is limitless.”

Participating schools were: the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences, the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering, Middlesex County Vocational-Technical Schools’ East Brunswick and Perth Amboy campuses, Carteret High School and Piscataway High School.

“I applaud the teamwork that has gone in to putting this conference together,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “It is by working together that we strengthen our communities and set a course for good things to come.”

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