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"I Am" children's self-esteem program set for Nov. 14
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The third annual “I AM” program, which helps to build the self-esteem of children who have challenges due to emotional or behavioral difficulties, will be held this Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Newman Center at 222 Temple Street  in the Village of Fredonia.  The theme for this year’s event is: Making Good Choices, How to Say No to Peer Pressure.

The “I AM” program helps children to know that they are unique and have a lot to offer others. The “I AM” program is also aimed at teaching children skills such as making friends, saying “no” to peer pressure, and improving their mood.

Dr. Andrea Zevenbergen, a professor of Psychology at SUNY Fredonia, has been involved in the program for the last two years. This year she is also co-advising Psi Chi, the campus Psychology honor society, which will provide nearly 30 student volunteers at the event. In addition, the Interactive Theatre Society will perform a skit on tips for handling peer pressure.

This event was spearheaded by Martha Diaz, SUNY Fredonia AmeriCorps VISTA, Joyce Harvard Smith, Coordinator, Volunteer and Community Services and Jann Ball, Director, Compeer Mentoring, and the Psi Chi organization.

The “I AM” Program is co-sponsored by Compeer Mentoring, the SUNY Fredonia Office of Volunteer and Community Services, AmeriCorps VISTA and Psi Chi with assistance from the Psychology Club and Chautauqua Tapestry.

Should you have any questions please contact joyce.smith@fredonia.edu.

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