Dating Matters Curriculum

YEA Program facilitators use Dating Matters, a trademarked program by the CDC. Through seven primary components, the program reinforces protective factors and reduce risk factors for teen dating violence. These components focus on preventing dating violence while promoting healthy relationships.

Dating Matters

Target Audience:

Middle School Students

Meeting times:

Friday 2:00 – 3:00 pm


2 cohorts per academic year, we recruit within the first few weeks of the semester/quarter.

Curriculum timeline:

10-week program, certificate upon completion

Dating Matters Curriculum Outline:

  • Healthy Relationships

  • Understanding Feelings

  • Staying in Control of Feelings & Making Healthy Decisions

  • Healthy Communication

  • Unsafe and Unhealthy Relationships

  • Sexual Violence & Dating Safety

  • Relationship Rights & Getting Help

  • Review


Emanuel Santillan, OPPA Supervisor

Evelyn Tapia, YEA Facilitator


Additional Resources

Email or Website
Services Provided

YWCA Crisis Line

(831) 757-1001; (831) 372-6300

Temporary Shelter Services

YWCA Main Office

(831) 422-8602

Therapy, Legal Advocacy, CPO Classes, DV Courses

National Sexual Assault Hotline

(800) 656 – 4673

Connections to services in Monterey County

Monterey County Rape Crisis Center

(831) 771-0411

Advocacy Services, Child Abuse Treatment Program, Counseling, Help Line, Reporting Options