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AIDS DayRed Bank Regional students welcomed the coordinators of Project REAL to their GSA club meeting on World AIDS Day.  Pictured are (left to right) Cecelia Gunderson, James Fogerty, Project REAL’s Tank Teachworth, Siobhan Hansen, Project REAL’s Eric Wuthrick, and Skylar Eber.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Coordinators of the Asbury Park-based drop-in center Project REAL (Real Empowerment on All Levels) recently visited Red Bank Regional High School to acquaint students with the safe and social space for LGBTQ youth and their allies. On World AIDS Day, Eric Wurthrick and Tank Teachworth met with students of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) and encouraged them to spread the mission of the facility to their classmates and other friends.

“AIDS is not always associated with high school students, but 13 to 24 year old males represent the fastest rising HIV infected population. So that is why Project REAL was founded,” the gentlemen told the GSA club members who meet at RBR’s SOURCE Program. The SOURCE is RBR’s School Based Youth Services Program, and another safe place for high school students to meet during and directly after the school day.

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collegeworkshopRed Bank Regional Guidance Counselor Jill Maline (kneeling) instructs rising senior Cassidy Charette during a college application workshop program at RBR.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Ceara Gagliano of Little Silver stated, “I think this is really helpful and it takes the stress out of doing it during the school year.”

Matthew Collado of Shrewsbury expressed hope that the program would better help him understand the daunting college application process, so it wasn’t “so scary.”

James Fogerty of Red Bank “heard about this college application program from my friends and thought it would be a great help, especially with the college essay.

While the preparation for and taking of the college entrance tests are a major source of angst for college-bound high school students, nothing says crunch time like the fall of the senior year, when all those college applications are due.  Red Bank Regional High School has sought to significantly ease that stress by providing a multi-session, special college application workshop to its students this summer.

In all, over 50 students took part in the program. The students were first encouraged to create a student resume and fill out their “self assessment survey,” which aids teachers as they write recommendations for their students.

Unlike just a few years ago, the college application process is now totally digital. Students are responsible for sending their final application electronically (either through the colleges’ websites or through commonapp.org) with their application fee payment. Guidance counselors send all other supporting materials on-line including, transcripts and teacher recommendations through the Naviance system.

Addressing each student at their computer station during the first session of the workshop, RBR Guidance Counselor Jill Maline stated, “By the end of your last session, you should be able just go home and submit your applications electronically.”

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GaylaPlanning the annual Gayla event for the RBR Gay – Straight Alliance are (left to right, back row): Courtney Ravelo, Union Beach; James Fogerty, Red Bank; Leah Roberts, Little Silver; GSA president Siobhan Hanson, Red Bank, Cori McQuillen, Red Bank and Sarah Halloran, Red Bank; and (seated) GSA advisor Stacy Liss; Natalie Gunderson, Neptune City; Sofia Dadap, Red Bank, and Cecelia Gunderson, Neptune City. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Red Bank Regional High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is honored to be hosting the fourth annual Gayla event on May 30. The Gayla is sponsored by the MakeItBetter4Youth Foundation, Monmouth County’s consortium for LGBT youth. All open-minded teenagers (13 to 19 years old) in Monmouth County are welcome to attend a fun night of dancing, music, food and refreshments. The Gayla will take place from 7 to 10 pm inside the RBR building at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver, NJ.

RBR GSA President Siobhan Hansen states of the event, “I am very excited to have the Gayla here at RBR this year. I have attended several in the past and it has always been a lot of fun and very inclusive.”

She adds, “Everyone is accepted at Gayla; and that is the importance of the Gay-Straight Alliance. It is a place where all people feel comfortable with one another no matter how they identify. It is very empowering.”

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