The SafeDates: Choose Respect program developed by the Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services has earned the CT Youth Services Association’s “Youth Leadership Program of the Year Award.”
The organization will receive the award during a ceremony this Friday at the Aqua Turf in Southington.
In the fall of 2010, with federal grant funding, DMYFS set out to work with nearly 20 High School students to develop the SafeDates: Choose Respect Program.
The program is a collaborative effort between Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services, Strong Middle School and Coginchaug Regional High School. The program is aimed at helping teens be safe as they begin to develop deeper relationships including dating relationships. The program is aimed at increasing middle school student awareness of potentially harmful dating behaviors and provides them with important relationship tools.