The Center for Safety & Change in Rockland is offering its Student Activists Ending Dating Abuse (SAEDA) summer training next month and is encouraging all Rockland high school students to apply.
The program began in 2005 and offers students the opportunity to complete community service credits, train as activists for social change and earn money.
The training will take place Aug. 18-21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Palisades Center Mall. All Rockland students entering grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to apply early, as space is limited. All participants who complete the training are eligible for a stipend.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. The SAEDA program provides students with the opportunity to discuss and explore issues of dating abuse and what a healthy relationship looks like.
Students who successfully complete the entire training become members of SAEDA and can remain active as co-presenters and help their peers by being resources of assistance, information and referrals. SAEDA students also strategize as a group on how they can contribute to positive social change in their communities.
For more information and to apply, contact Laura Plotkin at (845) 634-3391 ext. 3042 or email@example.com.
Center for Safety & Change is a non-profit organization founded in 1979, that provides free, confidential, culturally sensitive programs including an emergency shelter for battered women and their children, rape crisis services, a 24-hour hotline, court services, support groups and community education.
Center for Safety & Change is located at 9 Johnsons Lane, New City, NY. The Center’s 24-hour hotline number is 845-634-3344.