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yciplay1On Friday, May 13th, the SPTS Youth Council met for the final time to conclude it’s year long initiative of promoting suicide prevention awareness. With a goal to help #saveteens, more than 60 students from Monmouth and Ocean County High Schools participated in the inaugural year of the council. Students from varying high schools, both public and private, came together to work on projects such as social media campaigns, fundraising, and the 2016 Youth Wellness Summit.

Hosting the meeting at iPlay America, Youth Council students were able to release some year-end stress with a celebration of pizza, tacos, and ice cream cake. Awards were given to all Youth Council members for their participation and each student left with a Youth Council Official Long Sleeve T-Shirt. Several students were recognized for their stellar performance throughout the year including: Hassaam Choudhry – Biotechnology High School; Anna McDonough, Biotechnology High School; Julia Pardee, Communications High School; Nicole Dykeman, Neptune High School; Joshua Beacher, Rumson-Fair Haven High School; Ethan Beacher, Rumson Fair-yciplay2Haven High School; Kathleen Allen, Ranney School; Germaine Mendonca, Mater Dei Prep; Ethan Greenberg, Freehold Borough High School; and, Michael Pepsin, Middletown High School North.

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide has opened up the application review period for the 2016-2017 Youth Council. If you are interested in applying and live in Monmouth or Ocean County, please contact Nicole D’Amore, Program Manager and Youth Council Director, at nicole@sptsusa.org. Applications are due by June 30, 2016.