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Third Annual Anti-Bullying Youth Summit hosted by the Mediation Center of Dutchess County.

More than 100 students in grades 7-12 from the mid-Hudson Valley will gather at Marist College at 8:30 a.m. Friday for the Third Annual Anti-Bullying Youth Summit hosted by the Mediation Center of Dutchess County.

Students, teachers and experts will take part in a series of workshops and discuss what they are doing in their schools and communities to combat bullying. This year's event will include the presentation of the first Upstander Award, recognizing a group or individual that has stood up to bullying.

Jody Miller, executive director of the Mediation Center, said she and others involved in anti-bullying efforts in the county have been encouraged by the growth of the annual event. About 60 students attended the inaugural conference in 2012, and more than twice that many participated last year. Miller said she and others in the field continue to see the need for organized efforts to combat bullying.

"We hear about bullying incidents all the time," she said in a news release, "whether it's people calling us asking for help or someone telling us a story at an event or presentation we're conducting. Our goal is to empower students and adults to effectively prevent an incident or intervene when bullying happens."