I had the pleasure of meeting with Amanda Glynn this week. Amanda is currently serving her first year as the Prevention Coordinator at SAFE in Hunterdon, a local community organization dedicated to providing support to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.
Ms. Glynn has a special mandate: she is charged with developing and implementing a program in the Hunterdon County schools that will educate local students, staff and parents in an effort to prevent sexual assault, teen dating violence and gendered bullying among youth.
Ms. Glynn’s current efforts revolve around the Media Literacy Project, and are supported by the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the NJ Division on Women and the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention. The Media Literacy Project is an evidence informed curriculum that is being used across the state of NJ to address the risk factors that lead to these forms of youth violence.
It is a great local resource, and it is nice to see resources devoted to education and prevention, especially for the younger generation.
According to Ms. Glynn:
“The study of Media Literacy helps students understand the concepts and reasoning behind various media messages and the methods our media system uses in conveying these messages. It empowers students to resist media influences and make their own choices.”
Hunterdon County community members who are interested in more information are encouraged to contact Ms. Glynn directly. For school officials, police officers and interested community members, Ms. Glynn will be holding a discussion group in Clinton NJ at 9:00 AM on June 24. If interested, please RSVP by emailing Ms. Glynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.