Elisabeth Morrow School Students and Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle Take Part inTeen Bullying Conference
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, March 01, 2013, 10:44 AM EST
Hosted by:Teen Department at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and
The Bergen Family Center of Englewood
Friday, March 1, 2013, 8:30 AM - 1 PM
“Our plan is to reach out to approximately 200 middle school students in 18 local townships to attend the conference as “student delegations,” explains Teen Director Sara Sideman. “They will spend the morning with a keynote speaker, who will address the dangers of bullying, the importance for standing up to bullying, and reporting it when it occurs. The students will then attend breakout sessions, where they will work closely with their peers to break down barriers and have meaningful discussions about the dangers and consequences of bullying.”
The keynote speaker is Krysten Moore, the National Youth Ambassador for STOMP Out Bullying and Love Our Children USA, who also founded her own organization called SHINE (Student’s Helping Instill New Esteem) which was recognized as a “Make It Your Own Top 100 New Charities” by the Case Foundation in 2006. Being verbally abused throughout her own middle school years, Krysten is determined to take a stand and spends her time visiting elementary and middle schools speaking firsthand about the negative effects of bullying.
The breakout sessions will focus will be on three important topics: cyber-bullying, bullying Intervention and the emotional affects of bullying. These sessions will incorporate lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities that will bring the serious issues of bullying “to life” so they will feel personally invested in wanting to make a difference. Finally, the students will attend workshops led by student leaders and adult facilitators, who will help them plan strategies on how to bring back what they learn at the conference to their schools.
“We are eager to send these students back to their schools excited, motivated and equipped with tangible ideas to help prevent bullying and support its victims,” adds Sara Sideman. “By placing the reins in their hands, and giving them the tools and access they need to make a difference when it comes to a serious teen issue, we will empower these young students to become strong leaders in their communities. We know that this experience will have a meaningful and lasting effect on every council participant, and they, in turn, will turn around and empower the younger students. Together, they will stand up to bullying and fight for positive social change.”
“The importance of this conference is to guide our youth on how to be leaders in our community,” says Ryan Mion of the Bergen Family Center. “Our mission is to prepare them to take action steps that foster social change for the betterment of society and/or communities we serve.”
For more information, contact Sara Sideman at 201.408.1469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Elisabeth Morrow School
The Elisabeth Morrow School is a premier independent co-educational day school featuring an innovative and engaging Early Childhood, Lower School and Middle School academic programs. Our experienced teachers and nurturing community understand the development of children, with emphasis on character, preparation and placement in outstanding regional high schools. The Elisabeth Morrow School is located in the town of Englewood, in Bergen County, Northern New Jersey. For visits and tours, contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com, 201-568-5566 extension 7212. www.elisabethmorrow.org
About Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle
Ms. Vainieri Huttle was elected to the Assembly in 2005 and re-elected in 2007 and 2009. She also served on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2001 to 2007, and was selected to serve as chair in 2003 and 2004. In 2010, Assemblywoman Huttle sponsored the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, as well as several measures to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, including laws to create a registry of offenders who abuse persons with special needs and to eliminate the word “retarded” from state statutes. Ms. Vainieri Huttle is presently the Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee. Over the past year, she has led the Committee on a tour of all of the state’s seven developmental centers and five psychiatric facilities in an effort to enhance the Committee’s understanding of New Jersey’s complex human services system.