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5th Annual Anti-bullying Youth Summit


We are hosting our Annual Anti-Bullying Youth Summit for students in grades 7-12 at Dutchess BOSES 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.


Chamber of Commerce recognizes Mediation Center during Ribbon Cutting event

Many gathered to celebrate as the Chamber of Commerce recognized the Mediation Center of Dutchess County during its Ribbon Cutting event. Our center has reorganized and expanded to the 3rd floor allowing for an additional mediation room, client consultation room, a new waiting area on the 2nd floor, along with a new volunteer/intern work space on the 3rd floor. The Mediation Center of Dutchess County offers mediation, training and conflict education.  It's programs include placing mediators in the courts, helping resolve family conflicts, an Anti-Bullying Initiative, and a Coalition on Elder Abuse.



5th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon Hero Walk

The Mediation Center of Dutchess County will hold its 5th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon - Hero Walk on the Walkway Over The Hudson (Poughkeepsie, NY - East approach), Saturday, April 30 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.



7th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Focuses on Ageism

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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