Students Tackle Violence Head On at Conference in the Bronx

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The Children’s Aid Society Youth Council to Educate Peers on Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Animal Cruelty


Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society – (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742,

Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society – (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864,


Tuesday, April 6, 2010
11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


The Children’s Aid Society IS 166 Community School
250 East 164th Street, The Bronx
(Main entrance at Grant Avenue and 164th Street)


On a day when most New York City students are enjoying spring break, approximately 100 young people will be hard at work in the Bronx taking a close look at violence at the annual Children’s Aid Society Middle School Youth Council Conference.

These student leaders, ages 10-14, chose the topic themselves, deciding to focus specifically on child abuse, domestic violence and animal cruelty. They will act out live PSAs and discuss violence and its effect on their lives and neighborhoods, seeking ways to educate and influence their peers and communities.

New York State Assembly Member Marcos A. Crespo is expected to speak to the students. Parents have also been invited to the conference for special workshops on healthy relationships, including advice on how to talk to their children about avoiding dating violence.

The students have prepared written recommendations on each of the topics for youth, families, elected officials and school and community-based organization staff. Copies are available.


This is the fifth annual conference of The Children’s Aid Society Youth Council, a leadership development program for middle school students from five Children’s Aid community schools in the Bronx and Washington Heights. The students are trained in facilitation and workshop planning.

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to provide comprehensive support for children in need, from birth to young adulthood, and for their families, to fill the gaps between what children have and what they need to thrive. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call 212-949-4938, email, or visit