Project Safeguard is a conference designed for 7th graders addressing current issues impacting teenagers today focusing on substance abuse prevention. Class sessions offered address peer pressure, self-esteem, alcohol, tobacco and drug education, media messages, Internet safety, and communication between parents and students. Students and adult participants will have the opportunity to attend three class sessions, offered in four categories: adult and students, boys only, girls only and parent/adult only.

Project Safeguard began over 20 years ago in Merrimack, New Hampshire, when a middle school teacher recognized that middle school was a transition time for young people and that their exposure to risky behaviors increased significantly as they entered the preteen years. At the same time, there were not a lot of opportunities for parents to learn about these risks either. Project Safeguard has the effect of opening avenues of communication to allow for a greater mutual understanding on the part of parent and child.

Our 2018 event was canceled due to inclement weather. We are looking forward to 2019!