The Hudson Valley Psychological Association has awarded two Psychologically Healthy Community Awards to two programs of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County. The Anti-Bullying Initiative has received an award in the Non-Profit category.
The Mediation Center of Dutchess County’s received a $260 donation from the Hyde Park Rotary’s Interact Club for its Anti-Bullying Initiative.
Bonnie Allen, family program manager, completed the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) training in December, 2012.
by Jody Miller, Executive Director, Mediation Center of Dutchess County
There have been three child and teen suicides due to bullying since September. 15 year old Felicia Garcia threw herself off of a train platform in Staten Island. 15 year old Amanda Todd made a video that silently told her story as she held up index cards, one by one, describing her desperation before she took her life. 10 year old Jasmine McClain hung herself after being teased about her clothes and her shoes.