JCC to Host Series of Anti-Bullying Workshops Beginning this August

The Jewish Community Center will host a new anti-bullying program being brought to Columbus by community advocate Susan Steinman and JCC Program Director Melanie Butter. The yearlong, three-part program will begin on Tuesday, August 13, with a presentation by Denise Koebcke, M.Ed., at the JCC at 7:00 p.m.

Koebcke, a teacher for over 20 years and an expert in the field of school climate, peer aggression and bystander intervention, is also the creator and director of Team LEAD, LLC., a leadership and student empowerment program for schools, communities, and corporations.

The free community event will be the first in a series of interactive educational experiences designed to give parents, educators, counselors, and the community the tools to address bullying and social aggression.

Training sessions will be hosted throughout the year to help raise awareness of bullying and all its various forms, as well as provide participants with steps on how parents and schools can take action against bullying.

The sessions will take place the weeks of December 9, January 27, and February 24 or March 3. The third and final portion of the program will include a movie on bullying and a discussion following the presentation to help bridge a conversation with the community on ways to raise further awareness of this important issue.

In partnership with the JCC, this program is made possible by Matrix Integrated Psychological Services, the Bexley Education Foundation, and Bexley City Schools.