Great article about the Bullying Prevention show in the Utica Observer-Dispatch!
Anti-bullying presentation wows audience
Approximately 50 children, teens and their parents, grandparents or mentors, enjoyed a one-man show educating them on the realities of bullying, cyberbullying, and exclusion. Tim Collins’ powerful performance engaged the audience in a deep conversation on how to prevent bullying and cyberbullying in schools. Collins is an award winning actor, writer, and solo performer who has performed across the country and is originally from Sherrill.
Organized by Community Action Partnership for Madison County (CAP) and the Madison County Department of Social Services (DSS). The event was open to the public, it took place Wednesday, Nov. 15, at ARC’s Winoa Hall in Oneida.
The audience was captivated while Collins spun out the story, portraying the various roles of the by-stander, the accomplice, the teacher, and the friend of the bullied boy. The performance demonstrated what several of the young people in the audience have witnessed playing out in their own lives. Its ageless appeal was obvious by the adults in the room who expressed that the scene was reminiscent of their own experiences and those of their children.
In addition to the trauma of traditional bullying antics, demonstrations of current bullying modes such as social media, videotaping, and cyberbullying were part of the presentation. Throughout the performance, the different characters Collins portrayed engaged in conversations with the audience about actions they could have taken to prevent bullying from happening. Visit timcollinsonline.com for more information on his show and anti-bullying resources.
If you are interested in serving your community, CAP is currently recruiting adults interested in becoming a volunteer mentor for children and youth. For more information on CAP’s services and contact information visit capmadco.org.