Oct. 26 Youth Conference to Train Active Bystanders
Students from five middle schools in Hampshire and Franklin counties will receive active bystander training in a day-long conference next week presented by the Northwestern District Attorney’s office in collaboration with Quabbin Mediation.
The trainers for the conference will be students from Athol, Mahar, Pioneer Valley Regional and Granby high schools who have undergone a train-the-trainers program from Quabbin Mediation. The conference will be held Friday, Oct. 26 at Greenfield Community College.
This is the seventh year the District Attorney’s Office is sponsoring a conference for local students. Past conferences have focused on building student leadership skills and substance use prevention.
Active Bystanders training teaches participants how they can interrupt and redirect negative interactions by taking responsible, thoughtful action rather than remaining passive. Students will learn about the universal inhibitors that prevent bystanders from taking action when they see something troubling take place as well as how to harness the positive influence bystanders can have. The training stresses safety and teaches how to analyze potentially harmful situations.
“This is a youth-inspired conference, and we hope students leave energized and inspired to make a positive impact on their communities,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.
“Together, we can make our schools, homes and communities safe and healthy places.”
Students from White Brook Middle School in Easthampton, JFK Middle School in Northampton, Great Falls Middle School in Turners Falls, Hampshire Regional Middle School in Westhampton and South Hadley Middle School will be participating in the conference.
Sponsors include the NWDA, Quabbin Mediation, Baystate Health, Cooley Dickinson Health Care, the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region, Bank ESB, Florence Bank, Greenfield Savings Bank and Greenfield Community College.
For more information, contact the NWDA’s Community Outreach and Education Director Laurie Loisel at firstname.lastname@example.org