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News Release

October 11, 2011      

For Further Information Contact:
June Ellen Notaro, Division of Youth Services Director
(845) 486-3660

3rd Annual Dutchess County Youth Forum


Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the 3rd Annual Dutchess County Youth Forum will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Dutchess County BOCES Salt Point Campus.

“This forum is a wonderful opportunity for young people to have their voice heard and learn about ways to prevent bullying and increase tolerance in schools,” said County Executive Steinhaus. The Dutchess County Youth Forum is a venue and opportunity for local high school students and adults to come together in order to engage in discussions regarding making all schools a safe place for all students. The event will include a keynote address from Laurie Noonan, New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal titled “Take a Stand – Stop Bullying” as well as a panel discussion and student-led activities.

With the passage of the NYS education law Dignity for All Students Act, schools are required to implement detailed, inclusive policies and affirmative practices by July 2012. The Youth Forum will allow student leaders and adults the opportunity to discuss ways in which they can support and/or create safer schools and community environments for all youth.

Youth Services Director June Ellen Notaro stated, “We are very excited to once again host the Youth Forum with DC BOCES. Special thanks go to all the Planning Committee members and schools that are participating in this youth empowerment event.”

For more information, please call Mary K. Fields at the Youth Bureau at 845-486-3660.

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