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6th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon Hands Against Bullying
Raise a Hand Against Bullying!
The Mediation Center of Dutchess County will hold its 6th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon - Hands Against Bullying Walk on the Walkway Over The Hudson (Poughkeepsie, NY - East approach), Saturday, April 22 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.
Join with us to help end bullying. Create a team, join a team or just do it solo! Create your own page with your hero story or tell us why you are walking to end bullying. Bring your friends! #handsagainstbully
Create or join a team or walk on your own. Register HERE!
Sponsorships are available HERE.
Notice: This is a public community event, bullying pledges encouraged!
Dutchess Mediation Center secures almost $10K in grants
Mediation Center of Dutchess County secured nearly $10,000 in grant money to fund training sessions.
The two grants obtained from Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley add up to $9,375. The money will go toward Restorative Justice training sessions, according to a press release.
"With this grant from the Community Foundations, we can train in a new modality, known as Restorative Justice, which looks to identify and address harms, needs and obligations in order to not only resolve, but also heal situations," said Jane Cottrell, executive director of Mediation Center of Dutchess County. "By investing in this training for staff and volunteers, Restorative Justice can also be taught and applied in our communities and schools."
The training sessions will start in spring 2017, and Restorative Justice techniques will be implemented into the organization within a year.
My husband needs more care and our family disagrees about what type of care he needs.
Since our son is now in school, the parenting plan we made when he was a toddler needs to change. We argue when we try to talk about it.
Mediation is available for families facing disagreements about child custody/visitation, care of a loved one, and many other situations that families face and need to make decisions about. Mediation is voluntary and confidential.
Family mediators are professionally trained, are impartial and facilitate conversations between two or more family members so that they can get clearer about next steps, make decisions and understand the other's perspective whenever possible.