Preventing Youth Violence is Topic of SUNY New Paltz Workshop
NEW PALTZ -- Allan Creighton, co-author of Making the Peace: A Violence Prevention Curriculum for Young People, will conduct a one-day workshop, "Making the Peace," at SUNY New Paltz on November 12. The training program is designed to address the causes of violence among adolescents.
Creighton is co-founder, with Paul Kivel, of the Oakland (California) Men's Project, nationally known for its ground-breaking work in youth violence prevention. In addition to Making the Peace, the two are also the co-authors of Helping Teens Stop Violence.
The training workshop is targeted for school staff and administrators, parents, and community-based organizations, as well as individuals who are committed to nonviolence and the involvement of the total community in creating safe environments for youth. It is designed to enable youth and adults from diverse backgrounds to address the root causes of violence; to build alliances across lines of gender, race, economic background, and age; and to create a community response to violence.
Exercises, role plays and discussion that will enable participants to define violence prevention strategies will be offered, and the skills learned can be adapted to participants' schools and communities, classrooms and programs. The workshop will also address issues of family and youth violence.
The Oakland Men's Project (OMP) started in 1979 as a community education program dedicated to helping people understand the roots of violence, and to building alliances. Through a variety of techniques, OMP programs are giving young people the strategies they need to resist, prevent, and change violent behavior for good.
The program is sponsored by SUNY New Paltz, the Upstate Center for School Safety, the Mid-Hudson Teachers Center, Ulster County BOCES Principals Center and the Hudson Valley Center for Comprehensive School Health.
The deadline for registration is October 29. There is a $35 fee (made payable to Upstate Center for School Safety) which includes Making the Peace Curriculum and lunch. The program will be held in the Terrace Restaurant and Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration and inquiries should be made to Sheryl Post, Upstate Center for School Safety, Ulster BOCES, 175 Route 32 North, New Paltz, NY 12561; (845) 255-3836.
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