Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti
Chair, Community Services Committee


Middlesex County High School Students
to Attend Young Men’s Conference

MARCH 28, 2014 -- A conference for young men aimed at instilling leadership, wellness and prevention of drug and alcohol abuse will be held Friday, April 4 at Middlesex County College in Edison.

The program, entitled “I Am the Boss (of My Life),” will feature interactive workshops designed to provide students with opportunities to learn about a healthy and empowered lifestyle. Participants also will learn to identify resources and tools that can be shared with their peers, according to Dianne D. Veilleux, MCVTS assistant superintendent of schools.

“Here in Middlesex County, our focus is always on the well-being of our residents,” says Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “This conference represents an exchange of information that will go a long way to setting an example for our young residents, and preparing them to make choices that will enrich their lives.”
The free event is being sponsored by the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools; the Middlesex County Office of Human Services; the Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; New Brunswick Tomorrow; the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; Middlesex County College, and Empower Somerset.

In addition to students from the East Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Piscataway campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, students will also be attending from Carteret, New Brunswick and Piscataway high schools, and from the Edison Job Corps Center.

Each school will send up to 30 students in grades nine through 11 and up to two adults. The students chosen to attend were selected with an eye toward the ability to share their knowledge with fellow male students in their schools.

Workshop presenters will be from the sponsoring agencies. Adults attending will be invited to their own workshop.

Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, Chair of the County’s Community Services Committee, hopes the event will resonate with students: “It’s important that young adults understand the impact their choices can have on their lifestyle, and how those choices will, in turn, affect others. The Freeholders and I hope that the students attending this event will discuss these same issues with their peers afterward.”

For more information, call Tracey I. Maccia, Director of Special Services for the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, at (732) 257-3300, ext. 1962 or Al-Karim Campbell, Middlesex County Office of Human Services Division of Children’s Services, at 732-745-4042 or

The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the first county vocational school district in the nation, has seven schools on five campuses, in East Brunswick, Edison, Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge. The district is marking its centennial in 2014.