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4th Annual Anti-bullying Youth Summit


We are hosting our Annual Anti-Bullying Youth Summit for students in grades 7-12 at Marist College on Friday, November 13, 2015 And we need YOUR help to make this year AMAZING We are seeking WORKSHOP PROPOSALS from students in grades 7-12 and college to present at the Youth Summit. Proposals are due by Monday, November 2, 2015 and you can download the form (here).

We are also seeking NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2nd ANNUAL UPSTANDER AWARD. The award honors students (individuals) and student groups in grades 7-12 that have demonstrated significant impact through projects or service or have displayed dedication to a concept of bullying prevention, bullying intervention or difference. The nomination is due by Monday, November 2, 2015 and you can download the form (here).

Nomination forms and workshop proposal forms can be emailed to Honey Minkowitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To register students by November 6th, from their school/organization for this event please use this form:  Youth Summit Registration Form

If you have any questions, please contact Honey.


The Olweus Program Works!

Ralph R. Smith Elementary School in Hyde Park launched their Olweus Bullying Prevention Program on September 2014.  Although there was a slight increase in reported bullying, the following results were achieved after 1 year of implementation:

  • a decrease in the percent of students that think they could join in bullying others. 
  • a 3% increase in the percentage of students who feel sorry for the bullied student (92.7% in 2014 to 95.4% in 2015).
  • a 19% increase in the recognition of teacher interventions (44.9% in 2014 to 53.6% in 2015).
  • a 26% increase in student interventions in bullying situations.
  • a 19% decrease in student reports of parent contact with the school in regards to bullying.
  • a 2% increase in helping a student who has been bullied.
  • a 20% decrease in the number of students who would just watch the bullying happen.
  • a 41% decrease in the number of students who think teachers have done nothing about bullying.
  • a 44% decrease in the percentage of students reporting they have no friends or only 1 friend at school.
  • a 23% decrease in the number of students reporting that they dislike school.

We look forward to surveying students again at the end of the 2015-2016 school year! For more information about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program contact Honey Minkowitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mediation Center holds Volunteer Mediator Appreciation and Graduation

The Mediation Center of Dutchess County held its annual Mediator Appreciation and Graduation on June 1 at Bowdoin Park.  Volunteer mediators who completed their apprenticeship received their certificates from Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, Justice, Village/Town of Red Hook and Mentor Mediators, Barbra Cockerham and Mary Mulligan.  

Mediators who were certified include Claudia Abbot Barish, Deirdre Burns,Susan Cary, Brian Coswell, Bernard Daisley, Jennifer Guzzardi, Love Kumayi, JenniferO’Neill Brennan, Elyse Reisenauer, Miesha Rodriguez and Sophia Wallach. Mediators recognized for years of service included Dr. Karen Blonder, 10 years, Beth Fargis-Lancaster, 15 years and Bob Grossman, with 20 years.  Mediators Judy Roenick and Lynne Martin received special recognition for their work assisting with other Mediation Center programs.  More than 35 volunteer mediators actively serve on the Mediation Center’s roster, mediating business, family, agricultural, special education, and organizational/workplace disputes.  For more information about services, contact the Mediation Center at 845-471-7213.