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Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force

Download the District-wide Model Bullying Prevention Policy
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The Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force is established to create a comprehensive model policy to be used as a framework for District agencies in adopting tailored anti-bully policies to protect youth in the District. Created under the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012, The Task Force created the District's Youth Bullying Prevention Model Policy which was presented to the Mayor in January 2013. The policy is unique in its focus on citywide bullying prevention, and aims to eliminate bullying in schools, public libraries, parks, recreation centers and other public spaces. The Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 became DC Law L19-167 on September 14, 2012.

The Task Force is made up of District government agencies, teachers, school administrators, parents, mental health professionals, direct service providers, advocates, community members and youth. It continues to meet as it begins the implementation phase of the policy.

The Task Force members are:

Task Force Member Organization or Agency
Kim Jones Advocates for Justice and Education*
Sulava Gautam-Adhikary Advocates for Youth 
Erik Peterson Afterschool Alliance 
Rebecca Recant Anti-Defamation League
Megan Calvo-Belden Break the Cycle  
Jorge Srabstein, MD Children's National Medical Center
Maggie Riden DC Alliance of Youth Advocates
Gwendolyn Harter DC Center
Andrea Guy DC Child and Family Services Agency
Jeanne Taylor  DC Department of Health 
Greg Pretlow DC Department of Mental Health
Jasmine Jose DC Department of Parks and Recreation
Samuel Williams DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
Francisco Fimbres DC Executive Office of the Mayor
Derek Orr DC Office of Disability Rights
Jeffrey Richardson DC Office of GLBT Affairs
Gustavo Velasquez DC Office of Human Rights
Jeinine McClain DC Office of the Attorney General
Sandra Schlicker, PhD DC Office of the State Superintendent
Audrey Williams DC Public Charter School Board
Micki Freeney DC Public Libraries
Daniel Shea DC Public Schools
Diana Bruce DC Public Schools
Andy Bowen DC Trans Coalition
Jeff Travers Fight For Children 
Shawn Gaylord Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Mark Robinson  Latin American Youth Center
Adam Tenner Metro Teen AIDS 
Pat Burke Metropolitan Police Department
Lori Kaplan Parent* (Latin American Youth Center)
Jessica Wodatch Principal*
Deborah Shore Sasha Bruce 
Lauren Jones, Ph.D. School Mental Health Provider
Zillah Wesley School Mental Health Provider*
Willa Jones, Ph.D. School Psychologist
Andrew Barnett  Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League*
Reginald Burke Student Support Center
Lydia Gumbs Teacher*
Sislena Ledbetter University of the District of Columbia
Dr. Hermina Peters University of the District of Columbia
Warren Donald Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
Ryan Washington  Youth* 

*Indicates the member was designated to meet requirements under the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012

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