In 1982, the founding Board of Directors of CAPS and I began a journey of working together to keep every child safe from harm.
Our beginnings were humble but inspiring: CAPS was born as a coalition between the Junior League of LI and the National Council of Jewish Women, two large volunteer organizations committed to the well-being of children.
From my dining room table and the trunk of my car, with the support of our legislators, community leaders, educators, and concerned parents, and using the power of community volunteers, CAPS was able to expand its reach and broaden its programs to address the ever-evolving needs of our children and families, and to position us as a leader in the violence prevention and child safety effort here on Long Island.
In the beginning, our focus was strictly that of child abuse prevention and our target was high school students. Today, we have reached 100,000 parents and professionals, and have touched the lives of more than 650,000 children, from K-12, with dynamic, multi-media prevention through education programs that not only address the issue of child abuse, but also sexual harassment, date rape, bully prevention and Internet safety. From Great Neck to Greenport, CAPS’ corps of dedicated volunteers has tirelessly committed themselves to working with Long Island’s children to keep them safe.
Our newest initiative is our Bully Prevention Center, set to launch in the Fall of 2010. It is unlike any program in this country today and was created to address the endemic problem of bullying facing our children, families and schools. It combines our bully prevention school programs with the development of new innovative intervention programs that aim to help children, parents and educators with concrete solutions, support and resources to deal with this pervasive problem.
I thank you personally for your support these past decades, and look forward to continuing on our journey together as we work to accomplish our important mission.
Alane Fagin, MS