News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Deputy Director

Doug Singleterry, Commissioner Ÿ Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ Paul M. Drake, Commissioner





June 17, 2022

Somerset County Youth Services to Host ‘Media Literacy as a Violence-Prevention Tool’

Virtual Workshop on June 24

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Parents, guardians and professionals who work with children and families are invited to a free Zoom presentation, titled “Media Literacy as a Violence Prevention Tool,” which will be held on Friday, June 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. The workshop will be hosted by Somerset County’s Youth Services and presented by Safe + Sound Somerset’s Outreach Prevention Team. Participants will learn how to promote media literacy to young people to help prevent violence. One professional credit is available. Pre-registration is required. To register visit

The Outreach Prevention Team will review why media literacy is an essential skill for young people so they have knowledge about how media can influence and distort opinions, ideas, and attitudes about violence, sex and relationships.

“Media Literacy as a Violence-Prevention Tool” will provide participants with the necessary tools and language to teach young people how to critically assess, analyze, and evaluate media while they are either consuming or creating media.

Safe+Sound Somerset has been providing services to survivors of sexual and domestic abuse for more than 40 years. The services they offer include access to resources, support, safe housing, counseling, legal advocacy, and education about healthy relationships, and trauma intervention services. All services are confidential and provided at no cost to individuals, families, and communities.

For more information and to register, visit

Safe + Sound Somerset’s Mission

Safe + Sound (S+S) believes in healing, freedom, equity, and accountability. Their goal is to help individuals and communities live free from domestic abuse, so they can thrive in body, mind, and spirit, live free from violence and oppression and are able to pursue their best selves. S+S provides services at no cost to individuals regardless of income status, cultural or ethnic background, language spoken, gender identity or sexual orientation.


Somerset County Youth Services

Youth Services assesses and coordinates the efforts of government and community agencies that work with at-risk delinquent youth, and youth with emotional or behavioral disturbance, as well as provides needs-based services, counseling, 24-hour intervention and education.


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