For those who’ve been the victim of bullying, the emotional pain is all too familiar and YWCA Executive Director Tina Heffner wants everyone to know that they are not alone. On Thursday, May 26th, beginning at 7pm, the YWCA of Hanover located at 23 W. Chestnut Street, will host the second in its new series of town hall meetings and the focus of this meeting will be bullying and other social issues including dating violence and suicide prevention.
The meeting will feature both a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session for parents and local students. Representatives from both Hanover Public School District and South Western School District will be included on the panel. Representatives from Adams-Hanover Counseling Services and Safe Home will also speak, providing information on professional counseling services and dating violence. There will also be a speaker to address suicide prevention and the signs to watch for before the worst happens.
“Our intent basically is to see what our local schools are doing about bullying and what we can all do to help. This way parents can express concerns and ask questions, and hopefully become better informed,” said YWCA Executive Director Tina Heffner.
Started earlier this year through the collective effort of Heffner and Borough Councilman Sonny Eline, this month’s meeting is the second in a series that will focus on addressing important social issues in the Hanover area. The first town hall meeting, which focused on racism in Hanover, brought more than 80 people to the YWCA for what organizers said afterward was a very positive discussion.
“We really want to focus broadly on youth social issues and we think it’s [bullying] a relevant and needed topic. We want people to know they’re not the only one and that they’re not alone. We think this will be a good way to do that.” Heffner said.
If You Go
- What: Bullying and dating violence town hall meeting
- When: Thursday, May 26th at 7pm
- Where: YWCA of Hanover, 23 W. Chestnut Street
For more information about upcoming meetings or to suggest possible topics for future meeting, please contact the YWCA at (717) 637-2125.
To learn more about cyber-bullying, parents and educators can check out Adina’s Deck or contact Angela Maclean from the Outreach Team at Adina’s Deck via email at [email protected]
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