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Free Anti-Bullying Workshop in San Mateo on March 30

Art Contest Deadline is March 22, 2013

Everyone plays an important role in ensuring all children are safe from bullying – including young people themselves, but not everyone knows how. To help people learn coping techniques and strategies to overcome and end bullying of all kinds, the  African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) in partnership with Mills-Peninsula Health Services, is sponsoring a half-day, anti-bullying workshop for youth, teens and parents called, “Bullies Tear Down, Friends Build Up!” 

The free community workshop will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at  Mills Health Center’s Hendrickson Auditorium at 100 S. San Mateo Drive in San Mateo, Calif.

Workshop Topics Include:

• Race-related Bullying

• Sexual Orientation Bullying

• Relationship Abuse

“The AACHAC is committed to hearing the voices in our community,” said Shaunda Scruggs of the AACHAC.  “In the past few years, the topic of bullying has come up again and again, so we felt it necessary to meet the need. This interactive program will instruct youth and their parents, and share the resources available in the community.”

The keynote speaker is Shakeel Ali. Ali is the creator of the Stop Bullying System Program, co-founder of Ask Academy (Alternative School of Knowledge Academy), and president of the Governing Board of Education for the Jefferson Elementary School District. He has also been a national trainer with Ripple Effects, an anti-bulling youth training effort.


Admission to this event is free. For more information, email or call 650-696-4378. To register, visit the AACHAC website:

Anti-Bullying Multi-Media Art Contest

Prior to the “Bullies Tear Down, Friends Build Up!” event, AACHAC is sponsoring an anti-bullying multi-media art contest for visual arts and social media for students ages 8-18. Entries can be submitted individually or by groups. Deadline for submissions is March 22 at 5 p.m. Winning entries will be announced and prizes presented at the March 30 event. The anti-bullying workshop partners are Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Genentech and the County of San Mateo Health Department.

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