Through the program, high school juniors and seniors are trained to teach injury prevention to first- and second-graders, with 23 high schools in Central Jersey participating during this academic year.
“The Safety Ambassador Program is an excellent example of the valuable role community involvement has in keeping our youth safe,” Violet Marrero, NJM’s consumer safety director, said in a prepared statement. “High school students are leading the way, helping younger, elementary-age children understand how to prevent injuries. We are more than proud to support this effort that is helping to build a culture of safety.”
More than 200 students take part in the program each year, the hospital said.
“The Safety Ambassador Program was built by, and continues to thrive on, partnerships,” Diana Starace, injury prevention coordinator for RWJUH’s Level I trauma center, said in a statement. “Thanks to generous donations like the one we have received from NJM Insurance Group, we’re proud that the program continues to grow and that we are able to make a positive impact on the lives of more children and families every year.”