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6th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon Hands Against Bullying


Raise a Hand Against Bullying!

The Mediation Center of Dutchess County will hold its 6th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon - Hands Against Bullying Walk on the Walkway Over The Hudson (Poughkeepsie, NY - East approach), Saturday, April 22 to increase community education and action on bullying - an issue that affects people right here in the Hudson Valley.

Children frequently involved in bullying are at a significant risk of withdrawing from school activities, poor school performance, as well as suffering from various health problems such as anxiety, depression, sleeping difficulties, suicide attempts and in some cases, even suicide completion.

Join with us to help end bullying. Create a team, join a team or just do it solo! Create your own page with your hero story or tell us why you are walking to end bullying. Bring your friends! #handsagainstbullying

Create or join a team or walk on your own. Register HERE!

Sponsorships are available HERE

Proceeds will support all aspects of the Center's Anti-Bullying Initiative that includes expanding prevention and response resources to effectively address bullying right here in the Hudson Valley. Together We Can End Bullying! Event Contact: Honey Minkowitz (845) 471-7213 ext. 211  or email us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notice: This is a public community event, bullying pledges encouraged!


94.3/97.3 Hudson Valley Country's Beth Christy interview: In Touch: Mediation Center of Dutchess County







Bank of Millbrook

Central Hudson 

Dailey Diesel, Inc.

Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian "Butch" Anderson

Family Services

Joan A. Pagones

Mental Health America of Dutchess County 

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Royal Carting Service Company





Dutchess Mediation Center secures almost $10K in grants

Mediation Center of Dutchess County secured nearly $10,000 in grant money to fund training sessions.

The two grants obtained from Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley add up to $9,375. The money will go toward Restorative Justice training sessions, according to a press release.

"With this grant from the Community Foundations, we can train in a new modality, known as Restorative Justice, which looks to identify and address harms, needs and obligations in order to not only resolve, but also heal situations," said Jane Cottrell, executive director of Mediation Center of Dutchess County. "By investing in this training for staff and volunteers, Restorative Justice can also be taught and applied in our communities and schools."

The training sessions will start in spring 2017, and Restorative Justice techniques will be implemented into the organization within a year.

, Poughkeepsie Journal 3:54 p.m. EST December 19, 2016


5th Annual Anti-bullying Youth Summit

Workshop Proposal


We are hosting our Annual Anti-Bullying Youth Summit for students in grades 7-12 at Dutchess BOCES on Friday, December 2, 2016 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 14, 2016 and you can download the form (here).

We are also seeking NOMINATIONS FOR THE 3nd 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 14, 2016 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.


Programs are funded in part by the County of Dutchess.

  Programs funded in part by Dutchess County Youth Services.



Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Confidentiality and More! **Venue Change!

Don't miss the chance to hear from New York State Unified Court System Office of ADR as Dan Weitz and Amy Pontillo explore Confidentiality! Based on questions raised by Community Dispute Resolution Centers over the last few years. They will delve into both the legal and programmatic dimensions of this critical aspect of Community Mediation in New York State.


8th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - completed

A conference for Everyone

The Faces of Elder Abuse

What do they look like?
Friday, June 10, 2016 9:00 a.m.  to 1:00pm
Check in begins at 8:15 a.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Location:  Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge #275-29 Overocker Road, Poughkeepsie NY  12603
Register Here»

Keynote Speaker: Arlene M. Markarian , Chief of the Elder Abuse Unit Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney's Office
For information contact Kathy Sheehan, Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Directions to Elks Lodge
2016 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Sponsors
Diamond - $2,000+
Anne and Abe Effron Fund-Donor Advised of the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley
Lifespan NYS EAEOP Community Mini-Grant

 Platinum - $1,000

Gold - $750



Silver - $500

Central Hudson Gas & Electric


Friends of Seniors of DC

Hamaspik Choice Inc. MLTC

MVP Healthcare Inc.

Prime Health Choice

VNS Westchester

Bronze - $250

Always There Home Care

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County

Fidelis Care

Helping Other People Everywhere

The Pines at Poughkeepsie

Valley Vista Social Day Care