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Two members of DVCC's Teen PeaceWorks received recognition for their efforts to raise awareness in their high school about teen dating violence. At the March 12 meeting of the Wilton Board of Education, State Senator Toni Boucher presented citations to Wilton High School students Sarah Dephtereos and Katie Hackett and to their advisor, Kim Zemo, who is a social worker at the school.

Teen PeaceWorks is a consortium of students from high schools in Darien, Weston, Wilton and Stamford Academy in Stamford who work with educators from DVCC PeaceWorks and with the Domestic Violence Task Forces in their respective communities to raise awareness about domestic violence and teen dating violence. Hackett and Dephtereos are both certified domestic violence counselors who volunteer at the DVCC, as well as peer educators at their school.

"It is so important that teens learn about healthy relationships and work with their peers to help others understand the signs of abuse and ways to cope with unhealthy situations," said Sue Delaney, the Director of PeaceWorks. "We are very proud of all of our teens and the incredible effort they have put into this over the past couple of years and are very thankful for the dedicated support of their advisors and school administrations."

Senator Boucher is the co-sponsor of legislation that would mandate that instruction about teen dating violence become part of the regular curriculum in Connecticut high schools.

Two members of DVCC's Teen PeaceWorks received recognition for their efforts to raise awareness in their high school about teen dating violence. At the March 12 meeting of the Wilton Board of Education, State Senator Toni Boucher presented citations to Wilton High School students Sarah Dephtereos and Katie Hackett and to their advisor, Kim Zemo, who is a social worker at the school.

Teen PeaceWorks is a consortium of students from high schools in Darien, Weston, Wilton and Stamford Academy in Stamford who work with educators from DVCC PeaceWorks and with the Domestic Violence Task Forces in their respective communities to raise awareness about domestic violence and teen dating violence. Hackett and Dephtereos are both certified domestic violence counselors who volunteer at the DVCC, as well as peer educators at their school.

"It is so important that teens learn about healthy relationships and work with their peers to help others understand the signs of abuse and ways to cope with unhealthy situations," said Sue Delaney, the Director of PeaceWorks. "We are very proud of all of our teens and the incredible effort they have put into this over the past couple of years and are very thankful for the dedicated support of their advisors and school administrations."

Senator Boucher is the co-sponsor of legislation that would mandate that instruction about teen dating violence become part of the regular curriculum in Connecticut high schools.