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Families First receives grant

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Families First is the recipient of $25,000 from a GlaxoSmithKline Foundation grant. The money will be used to provide prevention and education programs in the Columbus and Bladen County school systems.

With this funding, Families First will be able to reach all ninth-grade students in the two counties. The agency will be teaching a curriculum called Safe Dates, an evidenced based program developed to educate teens on the issues related to dating violence and how to identify and address a violence relationship.

Safe Dates helps teens clearly define what a healthy dating relationship is and what dating abs use is. It helps teens understand the causes and consequences of dating abuse, as well as the key ways to prevent dating abuse from happening.

The program doesn’t push or promote dating, but it will prepare students for the future when he or she may be dating. It also doesn’t discuss any sexually explicit content, though sexual assault (date rape) is discussed in more general terms.

Families First is the domestic violence and sexual assault agency serving Columbus and Bladen County. GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Ribbon of Hope grant program has a goal of having a positive impact on the lives of North Carolina’s citizens in each of the state’s counties. They support activities that advance education, science and health in local communities across the state.

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