Matt Bellace to Speak To MHS Students Thanks to Municipal Alliance

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Highly acclaimed motivational speaker and stand-up comedian Matt Bellace, Ph.D. will present "Getting High Naturally" to the sophomore and junior classes at Metuchen High School on Tuesday, June 3 during the school day.Dr. Bellace's approach is science-based but also entertaining, as he discusses substance-abuse prevention with his audience. His presentation focuses on natural highs, how teenagers can create healthy habits to prepare themselves for high school and beyond, and ways to find positive outlets to express emotions.
Bellace has been a motivational speaker and comedian since 1995. He earned a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a subspecialty in Neuropsychology from Drexel University. Dr. Bellace is the author of A Better High: laugh, help, run, love . . . and other ways to get naturally high! He is a contributing author of the National Geographic children's book series This or That. In addition, Bellace has performed at hundreds of colleges, high schools and middle schools across the country.
"Getting High Naturally" is sponsored by Metuchen's Youth Alliance and paid for by the Metuchen Municipal Alliance. In selecting Matt Bellace to speak, the Youth Alliance wanted to encourage their peers to stay healthy while living with the everyday pressures that go along with being a teenager.  In addition, they've asked Dr. Bellace to include information in his talk on New Jersey's "9-1-1 Lifeline Legislation" which grants immunity to someone who calls for help while staying with a friend who may be suffering from alcohol poisoning. 
The initiative to bring Matt Bellace to Metuchen was worked on by the following MHS students and Youth Alliance members: Marina Beshara, Emma Boughton, Dan DiBenedetto, Shivangi Manivannan, Rachel Rubenstein and Angela Yao. The students took their idea of having Bellace speak at their school to Substance Abuse Counselor Judi Cheung and Supervisor of Guidance Tiffany Goodson for their insights and advice.

According to Goodson: "Feedback from colleges such as Seton Hall and TCNJ, who use Dr. Bellace as part of their freshman orientation/transition programs, has been extremely positive.  We are looking forward to an engaging and energetic presentation with a powerful message." Principal Bruce Peragallo agreed and pointed to expected outcomes: "I'm hopeful that Dr. Bellace's words will have a tremendous impact on our students."
For more information about Matt Bellace, visit  Metuchen's Youth Alliance meets on the second Saturday of the month at Borough Hall from 11 am until noon. Students who would like to learn more about the Youth Alliance or how to join should contact Kathy Liss at

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