March 8th 2018 marks International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s, and has continued to be celebrated over 100 years. This year’s theme is “#PressforProgress”.
According to internationalwomensday.com, “International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.”
Dr. Gail Barouh, PhD reflected, “International Women’s Day is a big step worldwide for all women to be acknowledged, appreciated and respected for the many contributions they make in their societies.”
LINCS is dedicated to preventing and addressing discrimination, harassment, violence, and bullying in Long Island’s communities through the BiasHELP program. BiasHELP has developed an outstanding reputation for crafting a comprehensive response to community and school-based violence, particularly as it relates to young people. Collaborations with schools, community-based organizations, faith-based agencies, and local/state government units have been a cornerstone of all our projects as we work locally to reduce the incidence of harassment and violence in all its forms. Our dynamic, culturally competent staff provides an extensive repertoire of professional training programs designed for a wide variety of target audiences. A primary focus for BiasHELP in the coming year is to continue working with schools in implementation of programming related to the Dignity for All Students Act and the evidenced-based bullying prevention program, OLWEUS.
LINCS is in the process of seeking additional funding from the New York State Senate in order to expand our programs to reach more people. In the past 6 months BiasHELP has successfully delivered 11 educational programs with several schools. The requested funding will provide us with additional resources to ensure these valuable services reach youth-serving organizations in need of assistance. Funds will specifically support implementation of bullying, violence prevention, and anger management training and programming targeted to the needs of the following venues, all of which have requested services to date: Suffolk Community College; Bay Shore School District; Mercy Ministries; Suffolk County Police Department; and Commack School District.
LINCS, former CEO, Gail Barouh, PhD, “This additional funding will allow the agency to continue our critical work in reducing youth violence, bullying/cyberbullying behaviors and addressing drug and alcohol use in our community’s schools and youth-serving agencies.”
New York State’s continued support and commitment is a key component of our work with schools and community-based organizations as we engage in these efforts to meet the complex needs of Suffolk County youth and reduce the incidences of community and school based violence.