Peace Scholar Marie-Paule Attema (Aired on June 13, 2021)

One of the important programs of The Rotary Foundation is educating professionals in ways to improve peace between people and nations, a program called Rotary Peace Fellowships. Graduates of the program, Rotary Peace Scholars, use their education in various ways to increase peace—which is not just the absence of violence—in the world. In this program, RadioRotary interviews Peace Scholar Mare-Paule Attema about her fellowship in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and her work with Indigenous Australians. Born in Rwanda but growing up in Canada, Marie-Paule has used her peace training in Canada as she deals with mental-health issues, primarily with adolescents. A fascinating show about a woman with a fascinating life.

Learn more:
Marie-Paule Attema: https://rotary9640.org/documents/en-ca/37a25b3d-2c6a-4c1f-a1b7-c7e536fb80c2/1
Rotary Peace Fellowships: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships
The Rotary Foundation: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation
Indigenous Australians: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/population-groups/indigenous-australians/overview

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Northern Dutchess Community Coalition (Aired on May 16, 2021)

Crissy Groenewegen

Crissy Groenewegen, project coordinator of the Northern Dutchess Community Coalition, visits RadioRotary to tell about the Coalition’s work with local institutions in the dozen zip codes of Northern Dutchess, which cover the towns of Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Hyde Park, Millbrook, Amenia, Pine Plains, Dover Plains, and Millerton. The coalition was formed in 2009 by citizens concerned with addiction problems in Northern Dutchess schools and has enlisted local businesses, law enforcement,nonprofits, and schools in its drug-free initiatives. The coalition’s concerns include, but go beyond, alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs to vaping with electronic cigarettes, which deliver the potent addictive drug nicotine, and other addictions. One of their recent events was a contest for the best slogan to put on masks, with winners such as “Spread Kindness, Not Germs” and “Keep Calm, and Mask On.” The coalition works with CAPE (the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education) and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).

Learn more:
Northern Dutchess Community Coalition on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ndutchesscc/
CAPE: https://capedc.org/
SADD: https://www.sadd.org/

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May 16, 2021 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Dutchess County, Education, Mental Health  

Poughkeepsie’s Juvenile Intervention Program (Aired on February 28, 2021)

Satara Brown, founder of Rebuilding Our Children and Community, Inc. returns to RadioRotary to tell about her work with the juvenile division of the City of Poughkeepsie police department, especially the pilot Juvenile Intervention Program. Ms. Brown has been heavily involved in helping young persons mature and find better lives for a long time, including (but hardly limited to) founding Rebuilding Our Children and Community, Inc. Ms. Brown also is Director of Communications and Community Engagement for Day One Early Learning Community in Poughkeepsie (which is scheduled to open in 2021) and a board member of the Poughkeepsie Schools Foundation. The new Juvenile Interventions program, open to any youth needed more support, includes weekly meetings and monthly workshops, often in connection with the program’s local partners such as Hudson River Housing, Dutchess Country Probation, Mental Health American of Dutchess County, and many others.

Learn more:
Poughkeepsie Juvenile Intervention Program: https://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/police-department/2021/01/14/police-launch-juvenile-intervention-program/
Satara Brown: https://www.linkedin.com/in/satara-brown-41164365/
Email Juvenile Intervention program: juvenileintervention@cityofpoughkeepsie.com
Rebuilding Our Children and Community: https://roccpk.org/
Police Intervention Programs: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21338003/

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Virtual Video Visits from Pets (Aired on January 17, 2021)

Animal Farm Foundation Manager Nicole Juchem visits RadioRotary via Zoom to tell RadioRotary listeners about a new program from the Animal Farm Foundation geared to easing the social isolation that the covid-19 lock-downs are causing: virtual pet visits. Starting with a visit to the Pets Together website https://petstogether.org/ , you can book your virtual pet visit. The website
includes a choice of cats and dogs (and even cows and horses) that will visit the lonely human via Zoom—along with the pet’s owner who will be happy to engage in friendly talk. Animal Farm Foundation’s main work is training shelter dogs to become useful service dogs and also to work to improve the public image of dogs taken to be pit bulls. The new Pets Together program is a welcome addition to their mission.

Learn more:
Pets Together: https://petstogether.org/
Animal Farm Foundation: https://animalfarmfoundation.org/
Service Dogs: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/service-dog-training-101/
Myths and Facts about Pit Bulls: https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/dog-adoption/myths-and-facts-about-pit-bulls/

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January 30, 2021 · Posted in Animals, Mental Health, Support Groups  

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