LINCS working to expand programs

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.

United We Stand Against Bullying

LIAAC and LINCS employees teamed up to show their support for National Bullying Prevention Month by wearing orange. Gail Barouh, CEO LINCS, said “It was encouraging seeing employees of both LIAAC and LINCS come together to support Unity Day and it’s message against bullying. LINCS is proud to provide several Anti-Bullying initiatives through their BiasHELP program.”


Part of the Solution to Ending Bullying on Long Island

The 2010 Ethics of American Youth Survey, conducted by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, surveyed 43,321 teens ages 15 to 18, from 78 public and 22 private schools. The study found that 50% of students said they had “bullied, teased or taunted someone at least once,” and 47% had been “bullied, teased or taunted in a way that seriously upset me at least once.”

LINCS/BiasHELP, the Long Island Network of Community Services and its affiliate organization, BiasHELP, Inc. are deeply concerned about the impact of bullying on children as well as the impact bullying has on the school as a whole. We believe that an action is considered as bullying behavior when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself. Bullying can seriously affect the emotional, physical, and academic well-being of children who are bullied and contribute to a negative school climate.

LINCS/BiasHELP are committed to reducing the incidences of bullying in Long Island schools and communities. After doing extensive research we have identified the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as the foremost bullying prevention program available. It is a whole school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bulling throughout a school setting.

In addition, the Olweus Bulling Prevention Program has received recognition from a number of organizations including: Blueprints Model Program, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder; Model Program, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Effective Program, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice; and Level 2 Program, U.S. Department of Education.

Anti-Bullying Logo Contest

The Long Island Network of Community Services, Inc. (LINCS) and BiasHELP, Inc. are launching an anti-bullying awareness and fundraising initiative, the Anti-bullying Logo Contest. This contest is open to all Nassau and Suffolk County youth ages 11-18 who are interested in using their creativity to help make a difference in the Long Island community.

Bullying is defined as an individual hurting or scaring someone physically, emotionally, or psychologically, on purpose and repeatedly. Bullying can take the form of pushing, punching, spreading rumors, excluding an individual from a group, or cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is when an individual bullies another individual using electronic methods such as texting, instant messaging, or using a social network such as Facebook, Myspace, or Twitter. Recent research shows that the effects of bullying can cause depression, anxiety and low self-esteem among those who are bullied and are bullies.

BiasHELP’s mission statement includes combating bullying, cyberbullying and internet violence. Through this initiative, we are seeking a logo to illustrate our anti-bullying message. This logo will be used on our website, literature and promotional materials, and will be seen throughout Long Island. All logo’s are to be submitted with the registration form and $10.00 registration fee by October 29, 2010 to LINCS: 60 Adams Avenue, Suite 101 Hauppauge, NY 11788.