Free programs and resources from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) is a nonprofit educational and philanthropic organization. NJSBF offers a variety of free law-related, civics and violence prevention education for New Jersey educators and their students. The programs address a wide range of topics and offer a broad menu of materials, including:

  • Bullying, school climate, conflict resolution and peer mediation.
  • Social-emotional learning and anti-bias training.
  • Breaking Bias: Lessons from the Amistad
  • Holocaust education.
  • The Bill of Rights.
  • Law Fair Competition and programs for grades 3-6.
  • Law Fair Adventure Competition for grades 7-8.
  • High School Mock Trial Competition.
  • Mock Trial Webinars.
  • Courtroom art contest for high school students.
  • A blog, newsletters and law-related publications.

These are just some of NJSBF services. All are available free of charge. For more information, download the PDF available at njea.org/njsbfresources.

Look for NJSBF online at njsbf.org or call 1-800-FREE-LAW. You can follow the NJSBF on social media—@NJStateBarFdn can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Lead4Change: A student leadership program

Lead4Change is a leadership curriculum with a Community Service Framework that works in a virtual, classroom or club setting. It is designed for grades 6-12.

Lead4Change provides access to leadership lessons and service project plan. Complete a service project and enter the Lead4Change Challenge for a chance to win up to $10,000.

Lead4Change is free to educators. Learn more at Lead4Change.org/NEA.

Scholarship supports research of New Jersey

New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance’s (NJSAA) mission is to bring together individuals involved in the study of New Jersey and act as a clearinghouse for information about teaching and research on New Jersey. The alliance promotes the teaching of New Jersey studies, collaboration on projects and sharing of materials.

The NJSAA is offering a scholarship of $300 to support research on any aspect of New Jersey studies. It is open to high school and college students.

Applications for the spring rotation will be accepted until March 1, with announcements made March 15. Visit njsaa.org for more information, and look for the student research scholarship under the awards tab.

Tough times? AID-NJEA can help

The AID-NJEA helpline has served NJEA members and their families for over 10 years. NJEA members and their families have access to this free and confidential service 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Educators and school counselors are on the line from noon until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 6 p.m. on Fridays to provide peer-to-peer support and information to callers. In addition, University Behavioral Health Care provides mental health professionals who answer the helpline during all other hours for 24/7 coverage.

Callers seeking help from AID-NJEA can count on:

  • Help from a staff of Education Support Specialists experienced in education and trained in behavioral health
  • Immediate personal response — a “real voice” with no buttons to push
  • Access to thousands of resources from the AID-NJEA Information Directory
  • High quality help by telephone with personal, family and school-related demands.

Why handle tough times alone? Whether you are a new teacher, a support staff member, or a retired school employee, AID-NJEA has people on the line who can provide guidance and information to help. Dial 866-AID-NJEA (243-6532) or email helpline@njea.org.

AID-NJEA is a program or partnership between the New Jersey Education Association and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

 

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