To keep kids in school by reducing barriers to learning while supporting social and emotional well-being.
~Safe Schools Mohawk Valley
Safe Schools Mohawk Valley
106 Memorial Parkway
Utica, NY 13501
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Professional Training and Technical Assistance

For more information on how these can be customized  to meet your needs,

CONTACT: Natalie Zumpano, Director of Programs  (315) 735-1345 x-2221

Bullying Awareness, Prevention and Intervention Techniques (For Parents, Professionals and Students)

With the introduction of the cyber world, a victim can never escape from bullying. In this training we define various bullying behaviors and explore national trends, identify methods to recognize a bully, learn effective intervention strategies, and discuss how to respond to and deal with a bystander. Learn a variety of methods to incorporate school-wide prevention strategies that support current activities and effective strategies you can use to address specific bullying problems you may be facing.

Team Building Workshops (For All Ages—Adults and Students)

Our teambuilding workshops are custom designed to meet your individual needs.  We focus on experience-based learning, which actively engages the participant. We will tailor a program for you that addresses a variety of areas ranging from Leadership, Communication, Decision Making, Problem Solving and Trust.  These fun and interactive workshops can be adapted to meet the needs of any sized group at any developmental level.  Participants will leave with a new perspective as well as some practical tools that will prove useful to them in the future.

Conflict Resolution Skills (For All Ages—Adults and Students)

Many times, minor situations can quickly escalate between students, students and staff, and staff and parents. Through this training, learn de-escalation techniques, the importance of active listening, and how to communicate with a hostile child/person or situation.

Creating Successful and Impactful Community Partnerships (For Professionals)

This training will teach you effective skills for bringing key partners to the table and provide you with tips and strategies on how to engage these partners.  We will discuss the value of true collaboration and give practical examples of how our partnerships have led to strong positive outcomes for youth involved in our programs.

Crisis Intervention (For Professionals and Parents)

This training focuses on preventing a crisis by using proven strategies to safely de-escalate volatile situations and manage violent behavior before it erupts to a full outburst.  You may choose from the following sessions:

Half Day De-escalation Skill buildingLearn to recognize the stages of crisis to better understand how to respond and learn practical skills that will allow you to safely defuse crisis situations.

Full-Day and Two- Day Crisis Prevention and Intervention WorkshopsLearn strategies for effectively responding to both reactive and aggressive children, as well as the importance of non-verbal communication.  Participants will also have a framework for how to teach coping skills post-crisis.

Incident Command Systems  (ICS)  100 & 200 (For Professionals: Schools and Private Agencies)

The overall goal of ICS-100 is to promote effective response by:  Familiarizing you with how Incident Command System (ICS) principles are used to manage incidents and by Preparing you to coordinate with response partners from all levels of government and the private sector.  IS-100.b follows the National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines.  ICS-200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS).  This course focuses on the management of single resources.

Peer Mediation (For Youth 4th grade and up)

It has been our experience that youth are usually aware of a peer conflict long before adults and can therefore intervene and mediate situations before they become volatile.  As a result, we created an effective peer mediation program.  Our trained professionals will teach the value of peer mediation and what is needed to implement this program and provide training to participants regarding active listening, effective communication techniques, how to explore solutions, and the importance of resolution. 


Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBIS) (For Elementary and Middle Schools)

This program provides training on the core concepts of the operational elements and guiding principles of School Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS). Consistent with the National PBIS Center, this training focuses on using data for decision-making and the development and importance of action planning with school teams to implement PBIS with fidelity. We have been working with this program in many schools since 2007.


School Resource Officer Training, Facilitating and Implementation (For Police Officers)

This training is offered by retired police officers.

The "triad concept" of the School Resource Officer (SRO) has been proven to be successful in assisting schools, law enforcement and communities nationwide. We have helped facilitate the creation and training of the largest group of School Resource Officers (SROs) in New York State, outside of New York City. Our unique paradigm can assist interested school districts and agencies in obtaining and sustaining SROs in their communities. We will provide effective strategies to:

· Create partnerships with local law enforcement agencies and schools

· Use a uniformed police officer in a school setting

· Create roles and responsibilities for the officer

· Effectively handle jurisdiction 

After School Program Development

This program will guide you step-by-step to create and implement your own student supported and operated teen center. Create fun, semi-structured programs and program hours that work for students in a place for teens only. Creating a teen center requires many community collaborations and partnerships in order to make it a fully functional space conducive to the needs and desires of teens. We will share our collaboration, partnership and funding strategies, our teen driven philosophy, and how we used the New York State After School model as a foundation for all our programs at the Teen Center.

Fill an essential niche in your community – create a teen center that focuses on the needs of teens, encourages youth leadership and involvement, and forms meaningful partnerships with local youth-serving non-profits.

Creating  and Sustaining Successful Outcome Based Programs and Services

As one of a very few federal Safe Schools Initiative to achieve sustainability, we have become an expert at taking evidence- and research-based programs and tailoring them to meet specific needs. Learn how to model our data driven approach and adapt proven programs and services, while retaining program fidelity. We will share strategies we used to become an outcome-based and data driven agency beyond the life of a grant to sustain programs, services and funding.

Effective Youth Diversion Services

Let us help you keep your students in school and help them graduate.

We know that the mission of schools is to educate our students, we also know that not every child enters the school building from the same level playing field – many students face significant challenges in their personal lives that carryover and present significant challenges to their educational success.


We have developed successful strategies that address the three critical primary areas in challenged students that threaten student/school success and graduation rates: Attendance, Behavior, and Academic Performance. 

Learn how we successfully used our local juvenile assessment team to identify needs that affect the 3  areas listed above and how we identified evidence- and research- based programs that have proven successful. We will share our wrap-around approach that provides a continuum of services, which have had dramatic effects on attendance, behavior and academic performance in our targeted students. 

Additional topics of discussion include:

· Truancy prevention

· Diversion from arrest

· Diversion from the criminal justice system  and other forms of placement.




For more information on how these can be customized  to meet your needs,

CONTACT: Natalie Zumpano, Director of Programs or (315) 735-1345 x-2221