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Help Kids Become ‘Bully Proof’

June 6, 2017, 9:50 AM HST
* Updated June 6, 9:51 AM
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Dr. Sandra Takamine and Wendy Yamada, R.N.

The nonprofit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center will host a free talk on Thursday, June 15, as part of its “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace” Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Talks are held on the third Thursdays of every month from noon to 1 p.m. in the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at 655 Kīlauea Ave. in Hilo.

This month’s speakers are Dr. Sandra Takamine and Wendy Yamada, R.N., who will present “Bullying in Schools: Let’s Talk About It!”

“One in 10 children is a target of bullying,” said Dr. Takamine. “Children who are bullied—whether physical, verbal, or psychological—are at a greater risk of suffering from depression and other mental health problems. Bullying does not discriminate and it has no financial, cultural or social boundaries.”

In this talk, learn about this serious community concern, and how to help educate and empower keiki to be “Bully Proof.”

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Dr. Takamine, Ph.D., is the Hawai‘i District school psychologist with the Department of Education.

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Yamada is the Hawai‘i Island Department of Health Public Health Nursing Supervisor.

Both are members of the Hawai‘i Island Anti Bullying Coalition (HI ABC).

Ku‘ikahi’s Brown Bag Lunch Series is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch, enjoy an informal and educational talk-story session, and meet others interested in “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace.”

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This lunch-and-learn series is made possible thanks in part to funding from the Atherton Family Foundation.

For more information, contact Ku‘ikahi Program Coordinator Al-Qawi Majidah at 935-7844, ext. 3, or [email protected]. Or visit www.hawaiimediaiton.org.
Martha Yamada, R.N.

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