Implementing the Safe Dates curriculum to ninth graders in Hudson and Union Counties, N.J.

The Foundation's program, New Jersey Health Initiatives, was designed to support projects in New Jersey that develop new approaches to resolving the state's health care needs, focusing on the Foundation's goal areas.The purpose of this project is to implement "Safe Dates," a dating abuse prevention program for both male and female middle- and high-school students. This research-based program includes four components: a nine-session, dating-abuse prevention curriculum; a play about dating abuse; a poster contest; and a parent awareness program. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark will implement "Safe Dates" in five high schools in Hudson and Union Counties, New Jersey, reaching 1,500 ninth grade students over three years. The project will reach Marist High School (Bayonne), Benedictine Academy (Elizabeth), St. Patrick's High School (Elizabeth), St. Joseph of the Palisades High School (West New York), and Roselle Catholic High School (Roselle). As a primary prevention program, Safe Dates will raise students' awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships and the causes and consequences of dating abuse. Students will develop skills and resources to develop healthy dating relationships and to help themselves and others in abusive dating relationships.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $388,600.00

Awarded on: 6/26/2008

Time frame: 7/1/2008 - 6/30/2011

Grant Number: 64606


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark

37 Evergreen Place
East Orange, 07018-2154


Shelley C. Steinberg
Project Director