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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
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For Immediate Release

September 8, 1999


Steinhaus Honored With Youth Violence Prevention Quilt

Poughkeepsie, NY - County Executive William R. Steinhaus today was presented with an Asset Quilt which depicts the forty Developmental Assets which are attributes that all children need to grow up as healthy, happy contributing members of society. The quilt was presented by the Youth Violence Prevention Coalition (YVPC) and the Mill Street Loft and was created by the Mill Street Loft's newest program " PASWORD"  (Program for Adolescent Student Women Of Real Direction).

"I am honored that the Youth Violence Prevention Coalition and Mill Street Loft thought enough of the work that we at the County have done to promote a better future for our youth that they decided to present me, on behalf of the county, with this quilt," Steinhaus said. "We have worked very hard to promote these assets in our youth and I must share this credit with our committed staff at our Department of Health and Youth Bureau."

The County supports many programs aimed at providing youth with developmental assets. "The assets that children need range from having a support network on which they can rely to maintaining a positive identity of themselves," Steinhaus noted. "Through many of our county supported programs we work to provide these assets for our youth. As I mentioned in my 1998 State of the County Address, 'we in Dutchess County are recognized as an asset-building community'."

In order to create a support network for Dutchess County youth, the county supports many after school programs such as YMCA's City Club, and programs at the Beacon Community Center, the Martin Luther King Cultural Center and the YWCA. Through programs like Dutchess County Youth Council, the County empowers youth to participate on decision making bodies and take responsibility for their actions. Job training opportunities are provided by Hands-on-the-Hudson Valley's Hire-a-Teen plus Mill Street Loft and Youth Resources Development Corporation.

"Through our various departments, we practice our commitment to developing youth assets," Steinhaus said.  "Our Dutchess County Department of Health empowered a young intern by the name of Colleen Fleming Damon. At the Department of Health, Colleen was encouraged to follow her interest in advancing youth violence prevention. The result of Colleen's commitment and involvement is this beautiful quilt."

"In Colleen's pursuit of advancing youth violence prevention, her commitment was contagious and rubbed off on the twelve young women she worked with in the PASWORD program," continued Steinhaus. "I commend all these dedicated youth for the leadership qualities they displayed and I am glad that this quilt will remind everyone who sees it of their desire to build a better community."

"I would also like to recognize Betsy Brockway, Director of our Youth Bureau, and those in our Department of Health, like Deborah Dilks who facilitated Colleen's work during her internship, for making sure that I and this administration never stray far from our goal of preparing Dutchess County's youth for the best future possible," said Steinhaus. "Dutchess County realizes that its most important asset is its youth, and therefore we are committed to providing its youth with the assets needed to become responsible, self reliant and happy citizens of Dutchess County."

The Children's Services Council, a Steinhaus initiative from his 1998 State of the County address which is comprised of organizations dedicated to serving children and their families, has also adopted asset building as a philosophy that it promotes throughout the County.

The Dutchess County Department of Health coordinates the Dutchess County YVPC.


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