The Mediation Center of Dutchess County’s Anti-Bullying Initiative offers a comprehensive approach to bullying prevention and intervention by providing a whole community approach involving youth and adults.
- Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) (Ol-vay-us) is the most researched and best known bullying prevention program available. With over thirty-five years of research and successful implementation all over the world, OBPP is a whole school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying through a school setting. OBPP is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels and includes methods to reach out to parents and the community for involvement and support. School administrators, teachers, and other staff are primarily responsible for introducing and implementing the program. These efforts are designed to improve peer relations and make the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop.
- Anti-Bullying Youth Summit is a free annual conference for students in grades 7 – 12 on bullying prevention and intervention. Workshops are delivered by students and others to highlight the work being done in their communities. Educational workshops are also offered for school chaperones. The conference is held in October. The Upstander Award is an annual award presented at the youth summit to recognize the great initiatives that students have engaged in for bullying prevention and intervention. It is awarded in October.
- Bullying Prevention and Intervention Training and Workshops (non-Olweus) is available for community groups and schools to learn to identify bullying and strategies to prevent and intervene if they or someone they know is being bullied. These workshops and trainings can be tailored to meet the needs of the group.
Programs are funded in part by the County of Dutchess. Programs funded in part by Dutchess County Youth Services.
- Anti-Bullying Walkathon is an annual community engagement event to raise awareness about bullying prevention and intervention. Information about best practice and resources is provided at the event.
- Bullying Consultation and Support is available for individuals/families that contact the Center with concerns regarding bullying issues.
3rd Anti-Bullying Youth Summit Teaches Students How to Stand Up to Bullying
MCDC Staff, Volunteers, Interns and Anti-Bullying Youth Summit Committee
Recipients of The 2014 Upstander Award - Red Hook HS Club
StopBullying provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.
Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER’s bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.
The National Crime Prevention Council’s mission is to be the nation's leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. To achieve this, NCPC produces tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.