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Resources & Partner Programs

No-Bully Zone

Resources_Rushfordlogo The “No Bully Zone” program teaches students how to identify, address and report incidents of bullying. Developed and implemented by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Council of Business Partners in partnership with Rushford, a Hartford Healthcare Partner, student volunteers who participate in the program are trained as peer leaders in the anti-bullying curriculum by certified prevention staff and are taught decision-making and communication skills. These peer leaders then access help for their fellow students, suggest appropriate referrals, explore issues that of concern to them and the school climate, increase student and staff awareness on ways to identify, define and report incidents of bullying behavior, help identify community support resources and work with students to address bullying problems and promote peaceful conflict resolution.  Improvement in school climate is achieved by increasing pro-social behaviors (reducing feelings of alienation, instilling positive self-esteem) which ultimately reduces incidents of violence and bullying and the subsequent school suspensions. To learn more about this program, call the Community Foundation of Middlesex County at 860-347-0025 or email [efsbutton style="" size="" color_class="" align="left" type="link" target="true" title="No Bully Zone Video" link=""]  

Connecticut Association of Schools

For school climate resources and other information, go to or call 203-250-1111.

The First Tee of Connecticut

Resources_FirstTeelogoThe First Tee of Connecticut reaches thousands of youth each year through a variety of ways including in-school and national school programs, group lessons, squads, on-course team programs and summer camps.  Along with golf instruction, The First Tee's Life Skills Curriculum (based on Nine Core Values; Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Courtesy, Judgment, Confidence, Responsibility and Perseverance and Nine Healthy Habits; Energy, Play, Safety, Vision, Mind, Family, Friends, School and Community) introduces young people to skills associated with positive youth development. To learn more visit or contact them by phone at (860) 882-1660 or by email at  


EMPOWER Leadership Sports has worked with hundreds of school groups with on-site and off-site programs that are focused on increasing self-confidence and self-esteem, understanding the difference between positive and negative risks/challenges and self coaching and leadership. By teaching young people to lead themselves and others, they can develop the self confidence to stand up and express their opinions, the ability to recognize right from wrong, the courage to help those who can’t help themselves, and the tools to fulfill their own potential. To explore the many program options visit

Individual, Adolescent & Family Therapy / Relationship Counseling

Elizabeth Shulman, LFMT.  7 Spring Street, Middletown. 860-344-9558.

Community Toolkit

Rally Your Own Community

  • Wear orange to work, to school, to workout or to run errands.
  • Fly orange flags at schools, town halls, or businesses.
  • Conduct a bully-free rally at your school, town hall or library.
  • Like Bully-Free Communities Facebook page.
  • Take the pledge by signing it, liking it on Facebook, Instagram, signing a wall banner, etc.
  • Create an orange paper chain of unity by having individuals contribute a link with their name on it.

Create Your Own ORANGE Challenge

  • We are all different. Challenge others to do something “uniquely orange” that celebrates who they are.
  • Create your own video or written story with the theme “Being Mean Isn’t Cool.”

Spread The Word

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Community Foundation of Middlesex County

Council of Business Partners

A&A Office Systems A.R. Mazzotta Employment Specialists Laura M. Pedersen, President BEST Cleaners William J. McCann Susan B. McCann Shawn McCann, President The Black Seal Mauricio Salgar Brown & Brown of CT, Inc. Colin E. Burr, President Connecticut Lighting Centers, Inc. David Director, President Direct Energy David Gilbert Essex Printing / Events Magazines William McMinn, President Interfaith Golf Open Tournament St. Mary’s Church, Portland Congregation Adath Israel, Middletown Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale Lenny Goldberg Mahoney Sabol & Co., LLP James Mahoney, CPA, PFS Managing Partner Malloves Jewelers, Middletown Marc Levin, President May, Bonnee & Clark Insurance Ted May III Daniel Clark M&J Bus Company, Inc. Karen Beebe The Rossi Group Theodore Rossi, CEO Elizabeth Shulman, LFMT Suburban Stationers, Inc. David Shulman, President

In Partnership With

Rushford, a Hartford Healthcare Partner EMPOWER The First Tee of Connecticut The Connecticut Association of Schools Donny Marshall iCRV Radio Renee DiNino, iHeartRadio