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Expanding Youth Prevention Efforts in Prince George’s County Schools

Through school visits, youth trainings, and peer leadership programs, Prevention Social Worker Tanejah Jones has led the SAFE Center Behavioral Health team in expanding prevention efforts across the region, promoting safety and mental well-being for students.

SAFE Center staff have hosted outreach events at Bowie High School, the International High School at Langley Park, and Hyattsville Middle School in Prince George’s County. During these events, SAFE Center staff connect with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to provide education around understanding, recognizing, and responding to indicators of trafficking.

In addition to outreach and training events, the SAFE Center’s Behavioral Health team continued working in-depth with Bowie High School to facilitate biweekly meetings of the B.L.E.U. Club (Being Loving Empathetic and Understanding), a mental health-focused peer leadership program, in partnership with the school’s Peer Leadership and Ambassador programs. Students presented a healthy relationship workshop to staff and fellow students at the end of the school year.

UMD SAFE Center Team Statement on Racial Injustice

The UMD SAFE Center decries the structural racism that remains as a toxic legacy of our country’s history and permeates our society today, and we are working to ensure that we are an actively anti-racist institution.