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Anti-Bullying Initiative

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

More than 175 students and staff from 15 middle and high schools attended the Mediation Center of Dutchess County’s 3rd Annual Anti-Bullying Youth Summit, October 24, co-sponsored by Marist College. Students in grades 7-12 attended workshops such as Bullying: Stop and Think First Be a Friend, Not a Bully, and Sexting and Cyberbullying. Five workshops were conducted by Marist College social work students and three were conducted by high school students from Red Hook, Poughkeepsie and the Town of Wallkill Police Department Youth Coalition. The Anti-Defamation League conducted a workshop for school staff. This year, the first Upstander Award was presented to a RedHook High School club that conducted bullying surveys at the high school, middle school and elementary school. As a result of the survey, the students designed a Safe Space program to address bullying. The Youth Summit is part of the Mediation Center’s Anti-Bullying Initiative that also includes the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, an evidence based program that involves the whole school in preventing and responding to bullying, bullying prevention and intervention educational outreach presentations, case consultations and an annual Walkathon. For more information contact Honey Minkowitz, Bullying Prevention Coordinator, 471-7213 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MCDC Staff, Volunteers, Interns and Anti-Bullying Youth Summit Committee

Recipients of The 2014 Upstander Award - Red Hook HS Club

Anti-Bullying Resources

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.


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