It is a privilege to serve as the new Board President of Child Abuse Prevention Services and to work with my fellow Board members on the common commitment of ensuring that CAPS continues to be a true resource for all our children. Today bullying is as prevalent as ever and is no longer limited to the playground at lunchtime or the hallways between classes. Social media and smart phones have changed the game completely.
Although my children are grown, I feel very strongly about a child’s right to feel safe, valued, and respected in school, at home, in the community and online. At CAPS, we believe that education is the key to prevention. Since our inception over 37 years ago, we have reached one-million school-age children through education and awareness programs. Our in-classroom workshops, which are unique in the LI community, are focused on prevention of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, child abuse, and emotional and physical violence.
CAPS has accomplished so much, yet there is still much to do. There are over 600,000 students in Nassau and Suffolk counties who could benefit from our programs. We continue to be volunteer-based but touching the lives of all Long Island’s children—classroom by classroom, grade by grade, program by program, community by community—is an ambitious agenda that continually requires time, funding, and the involvement of everyone who cares about our children. Please join with us. Become involved. Share our news on social media. Direct people to us who want to learn more about what we do and contribute.
We are focused and committed, and with your continued support, as well as that of old and new friends who share our mission, we can keep meeting the demands of the children who need us most.
President of the Board