Canastota, NY, October, 4, 2012 - On a warm fall evening, many young people and the adults in their lives crowded into Community Action Partnership's community room to view, and participate in, the one-man play about Bullying Prevention: Standing By, Standing Up. The play, written and presented by Tim Collins (originally of the Vernon/Verona/Sherrill area), was a poignant, humorous and timeless portrayal of four adolescents experiencing the pain and sorrow of bullying. Tim played the parts of the primary bully, his main accomplice, and two others who stood by and watched, one scarred by his own experience with a technological betrayal, and the teacher who tried to help.
The audience, comprised of young people from aged 8 to 15, and adults (parents and/or mentors) were all equally captivated by this performance. Its ageless appeal was apparent by the rapt attention and responses from all in the room. This serious issue has advanced into the 2000 millennium with a vengeance - utilizing such popular modes as audio and video taping, Facebook, and computer applications which can destroy a young person's reputation, self-esteem and sense of self worth. No parent can possibly overrule or stop the damage that this type of bullying can inflect.
Tim Collins is sincere, genuine and an excellent writer and actor. His depiction of the characters often caused laughter and tears in the eyes of many! The adults in the room were all moved by the experience and the themes of Tim's presentation transcend generations. This is another additional benefit of CAP's mentoring program. It was offered to all at no cost to CAP mentors, mentees, staff and the community at large and approximately 50 attended. The youth were introspective and had absorbed the lessons presented and the realistic solutions offered by all at the conclusion of the presentation. Tim solicited answers and solutions from the group, respecting all answers and comments. It was a worthwhile, enjoyable and memorable experience.
Thanks to Joanne Morak, Manager of the Mentoring Program, for again offering a valuable event to all! As any parent knows, it only takes one caring person to make a difference in the life of a youth. That person could be you! If you have as little as an hour a week, please consider becoming a mentor to a local youth in need of support. Contact JoAnne Morak, Mentoring Program Manager, at (315) 697-3588 for more information.
Community Action Partnership’s Mentoring Program reaches out to approximately 40 Madison County youth each year, bringing activities like these to inspire and educate the youth in the area. CAP is funded in part by the Madison County Youth Bureau, United Way of Greater Oneida, Madison County Promise, Madison County Department of Social Services and the Women’s Fund of Central New York, all playing their part in creating positive social interactions and developmental programs for the youth.
PHOTO: Tim Collins (http://timcollinsonline.com/) is an award-winning actor, writer and solo performer. His one-man shows for violence prevention have entertained and educated audiences at schools, universities, libraries and other social agencies since 2001.
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