RWJ Safety Ambassadors
This program links local high school students with 1st and 2nd graders in Middlesex County to provide educational presentations in the areas of injury prevention and safety. The effectiveness of this teaching method is measured through pre- and post-tests and presentation evaluations. This is an opportunity for high school students to volunteer in a leadership capacity and act as role models for younger children in their community. The program makes use of the National Fire Protection Association’s Risk Watch curriculum, supplemented with materials from Safe Kids Worldwide (www.safekids.org).
In order to determine the effectiveness of this program in reducing unintentional childhood injuries, a long-term research study has been implemented to collect data from parents of elementary school children participating in the Safety Ambassador Program regarding rates and types of injuries, at home, at play, and on the road. Safety Ambassador Program Results: 2013-2014