District Attorney Marian Ryan Presents Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward With the Citizen in Action Award
District Attorney Marian Ryan Presents Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward With the Citizen in Action Award

MPY and MDAO Host Annual School Safety Summit
October 11th, 2016

District Attorney Ryan Hosts 21st Annual School Safety Summit

District Attorney Ryan Hosts 21st Annual School Safety Summit

MARLBOROUGH – Yesterday, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc., hosted the 21st Annual School Safety Summit – “Enhancing School Safety by Building Resilience: Complex Trauma as a Challenge an Opportunity” at the Assabet Valley Technical High School. This event is part of District Attorney Ryan’s ongoing efforts to bring educators, law enforcement officials and community leaders together to keep students safe.  Approximately 350 people attended today’s summit. District Attorney Ryan also presented the 2016 Citizen in Action Award to Lowell Fire Department Chief Jeffrey J. Windward.

This year’s School Safety Summit provided attendees with an understanding of what complex trauma is, how it can undermine school safety, and skills they can use to respond to students suffering from a traumatic experience.

 “After a child or adolescent has experienced a trauma, their behavior often become markedly different,” said District Attorney Ryan. “This School Safety Summit was a way for educators and law enforcement officials to learn to assist children who may be acting out or feeling withdrawn as a result of exposure to a life-altering event. This type of training not only functions to keep schools and communities safe, but also serves as a way to a make meaningful and positive difference in the lives of students.”

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth Executive Director Margie Daniels added, “Educators and law enforcement officials are uniquely qualified to recognize the behaviors that children and adolescents exhibit following a traumatic incident. This event is part of a concerted effort by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth to keep schools and communities safe through proactive measures.”

The conference featured nationally recognized expert Julian D. Ford, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice who discussed treatment models for children who have experienced trauma, and offered a practical approach to demystifying trauma and building resilience. 

The Lowell Fire Department Chief Jeffrey J. Winward was the recipient of the Citizen in Action Award. This award is given annually to an individual living or working in Middlesex County who has made our communities safer and healthier by taking positive action to enhance positive school climate, reduce youth risk-taking behavior and supports the values of caring, cooperation and civic responsibility.

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit 501.c(3) organization which closely partners with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.  Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors.  Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc., known as MPY, has provided training, fostered collaboration, and developed programming to increase the health and safety of students in Middlesex County for more than two decades.

The core mission of MPY is to provide prevention and intervention strategies in matters of health and safety for youth.  MPY is committed to bringing cutting edge information and high quality trainings to our constituents.  Working in collaboration with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, MPY endeavors to provide solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and ideally eliminating risky behaviors for youth.

Learn more about MPY programs at www.mpyinc.org.