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Two different dates, same training!

Thursday, July 30 - Monday, August 3, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily
Location:  Dutchess Community College


Thursday, August 6 - Monday, August 10, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily
Location: Marist College Student Center

This training is: New York CLE approved: 32.5 CLE Hours (2 Ethics) Approved under Part 146 by the NYS Unified Court System's Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs. *Due to a full roster, there are no volunteer opportunities at this time. Volunteer training will be held in 2016.      *Placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is Part 146 approved does not



7th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Focuses on Ageism

The Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County held its 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 12, 2015 at the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge. This year’s theme was Older Adults Deserve Dignity…ageism is no joke.  Keynote speaker, Ashton Applewhite, focused on the role of ageism in elder abuse.  Ashton also writes a blog, This Chair Rocks and Yo, Is This Ageist?  More than 165 people, including Dutchess county residents of all ages, state and county elected officials, and vendors attended.  

The Champion for Elder Rights & Safety Award was presented to Robert Allers, who



Dutchess Mediation Center hosts event on Walkway


Anti-bullying Walk raises $12,000


More than 300 people from throughout the Hudson Valley spoke out against bullying Saturday on the Walkway Over the Hudson. The fourth annual Anti-bullying Walkathon, hosted by the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, raised more than $12,000 for the agency’s anti-bullying programs.  “We get (reports about bullying incidents) every month from school officials, from young people and their parents,” said Jody Miller, executive director of the Mediation Center. “Bullying is preventable, but it takes the whole community. Holding this event enables us to develop multiple strategies to combat bullying in conjunction with our community partners.”


Red Hook High School graduate William Wasik

Anti-bullying walkathon participants on the Walkway



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



4th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon

Rain or Shine! Completed

The Mediation Center of Dutchess County is hosting its 4th Annual Anti-Bullying Walkathon on Saturday, April 25th at the Walkway Over the Hudson.  At this year's Walkathon, Speak Up! Speak Out! You Matter! we will walk to end the silence, hearing from others who have overcome bullying by speaking out.  Walk with your family, friends, co-workers, school, business or organization or on your own.  Create your team and register here.

Sponsorship information can be found here.  For more information, contact our Anti-bullying coordinator, Honey Minkowitz at (845) 471-7213 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Anti-bullying Walkathon Committee would like to thank our generous sponsors for their continued support.

Roar Sponsor:

Holler Sponsor:

Shout Sponsor:

Rachel Flanagan Frost, Esq.

Speak Up Sponsor:

Coffee System of The Hudson Valley

Family Services, Inc.

Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP

Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Herb Redl Properties

NYCOMCO Wireless Communication

TEG Federal Credit Union

Damian & Carol Amodeo

Mill St. Loft

Share Sponsor:


Ann & Carl Barbera

Camp Hillcroft

Bridgeview Cleaners

Golds Gym Dutchess County