Integrating the Safe Dates curriculum into the Essex County, N.J., vocational schools' health education program

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. The Foundation of UMDNJ manages the School Based Youth Services Program for the Essex County Vocational School District and will implement "Safe Dates" in the ninth grade health education classes at four schools in Essex County: Newark Tech, North Thirteenth Street Center (both located in Newark), Bloomfield Tech, and West Caldwell Center. It is anticipated that 1,800 freshmen will complete the curriculum during the grant period. 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 $396,857.00

Awarded on: 6/23/2008

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

Grant Number: 64598


Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Tower II, Suite 850
120 Albany Street
New Brunswick, 08901-2126


Mary-Ellen Mess
Project Director