Margaret's Place is a program at Union Hill Middle School in Union City funded by the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation. Margaret's Place is a violence prevention and intervention program, focused on students who may have been impacted by family, community, or school violence. The program serves youth by building resiliency, developing healthy coping skills, reducing symptoms associated with exposure to interpersonal violence, mitigating the negative impact of trauma and violence, and increasing the likelihood that students will be able to speak up against abuse.
Components of the program include:
- Program introductory sessions for students, staff, and parents
- Individual and group counseling
- Educational workshops on trauma and violence for students, staff, and parents
- Quarterly school-wide campaigns that teach students about domestic violence, healthy vs unhealthy relationships, and how to speak up against violence
- Peer leadership that trains future leaders via education as well as active participation on the school-wide campaigns
- YES curriculum, taught to 7th graders, which teaches about violence, prevention, being a responsible bystander, and speaking up against abuse
- Newsletters targeting students, staff, and parents with relevant announcements and informative articles about trauma and violence
Although at this time the program is not open to other schools, for more information please contact:
- Students eligible for counseling through Margaret's Place must have exposure to trauma.
- All students participate in the prevention program and are eligible for drop-in services.
Shelley Steinberg, LCSW
Program Manager, School Social Services and Partnership for Children
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
47 Miller Street, Newark, NJ 07114