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Shining a light on the people and programs powered by your support.
 Back to School Tips to Handle Bullying
Every day our community confronts the tragic consequences of bullying. This violent epidemic has been documented as a mental health crisis in schools across the United States, and its social, academic, and psychological consequences seriously impact the well-being of both the victim and the bully. 

As we send our kids back to school this week, it's worth taking a few minutes to talk with them about bullying, and how to handle any behaviors they may encounter.  But first, what is bullying? 

Bullying is behavior that is: 
  • Intentionally harmful
  • Involves an imbalance of power
  • Usually repeated behavior 
As parents and caring adults, the best thing we can do is empower our children with strategies so they feel prepared if they run into bullying behavior. Our STOP Violence team likes this video as it provides great information in a format that is engaging and relevant to children of all ages. 

In this age of technology, staying on top of your older children's online use will help you better understand the issues they may be dealing with and can help you navigate them with your child before they escalate. For more tips and information, follow our STOP Violence team on twitter:  Kate-@kctalkstrauma;  Gabby-@mshapskc; &  Tracie-@thebullylady. Check out  STOP Violence on Synergy's Web site to learn more about this program. 

News & Events
Kathleen Madigan is Standing up for Synergy!
We are excited that Kathleen Madigan will headline our 11th annual Stand up for Synergy fundraising event on Saturday, November 4 at Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa! She is one of the most renowned comedians of her generation, and is sure to give our guests an evening to remember. Sponsorships are now available and going fast!  Don't miss the stand-out event of the year--save your seat at Stand Up today!

Calling All Golfers 
It's not too late to join the fun at our annual golf tournament! Join us at Staley Farms Golf Club on September 18 and Swing Fore Synergy! Many levels of sponsorship as well as individual and team registrations are available! Our thanks to presenting sponsor Mosaic Life Care!

Wh o Wants to Run for Synergy? 
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Parkville Chamber of Commerce River Run on Sunday morning benefits Synergy! Click here for details!
Good Things Come from Investing in Kids!
Our heartfelt thanks to all of our Clay County friends and followers who turned out to support Prop One on the August 8 ballot to create a children's services fund for Clay County. The measure passed! We believe it will have a profound impact on the ability of agencies like Synergy to meet the needs of Clay County's children! 

Check out this month's issue of Northland NeighborsSynergy's own Director of Domestic Violence Services, Dr. Sara Brammer,, is featured along with her family (pages 10-11).

Back to School Support
Our sincere thanks to all the organizations and individuals that donated school supplies, clothing items or gift cards to help our school-aged clients go back to school looking and feeling their best. Special thanks to Bank Liberty, Esther's Alliance, Grant Thornton LLP, Horizon Foundation, Parkville Chamber of CommerceSams Club and The Creeks of Gladstone for their very generous donations!

Robin's Wrap-up
Dear Friends,

Every three years Synergy Services is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), the New York-based international accrediting body for non-profit organizations. This week we shared the four-day COA site visit with two experienced reviewers, each having conducted more than 90 site visits over many years, and were able to see our organization through their eyes. It was a wonderful and moving experience!

The reviewers marveled at each of our locations, met with and applauded our amazing staff, commended our board of directors, and spent hours reviewing more than 20 notebooks documenting the agency's evidence for 1500 best practice standards. They reviewed personnel files, standard operating procedures, client files, financial records, policy and personnel manuals, board and committee minutes, community questionnaires, and audits of every kind. They also shared meals with our clients, visited them in their apartments and shelters, and interviewed them individually and in groups. And when it was over, they conveyed that in their years of reviewing non-profit agencies they had "never met such engaged and appreciative clients of all ages or such caring and capable staff." I could barely hold back the tears as they reported their findings.

I think it was even more poignant with the underpinning of recent events in Charlottesville as our staff and clients - whatever their race, nationality, gender, or sexual identity - gathered together to help Synergy put our best foot forward.  It was truly the world as it should be. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who helps Synergy work every day to overcome violence and foster joy.
Robin Shanberg Winner
Executive Director
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