LEWISTON — Green Dot Lewiston-Auburn has announced that bystander intervention training for businesses, organizations and communities is now available. Bystander intervention education through Green Dot L-A utilizes strategies from international leader in violence-prevention, Green Dot Inc.

The official start to the initiative comes after a successful Launch Week, during which Green Dot L-A shared their approach to bystander education throughout the community.

Green Dot L-A Launch Week included presentations to the Auburn City Council, the Lewiston City Council and the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The Auburn City Council voted 7-0 to approve a Resolution of Recognition in favor of Green Dot Lewiston-Auburn. The Lewiston City Council was welcoming and receptive to the Green Dot L-A and the group was invited to return to give a more in-depth presentation.

Three of Green Dot’s bystander intervention instructors spoke at a Chamber of Commerce Power Lunch event and invited the Lewiston-Auburn business community to bring bystander intervention education to their employees and workplaces.

The week concluded with a celebratory walk up Lisbon Street. Green Dot instructors and supporters strolled up the street during lunch hour with a Green Dot banner and talked with community members about the movement.

Launch Week also marked the official reveal of the Green Dot L-A quilt. The quilt is a multi-material work of art consisting of fabric, stitching, handwritten text, buttons and beads. It is on display at Bangor Savings Bank, Lisbon Street.

For more information about how to bring Green Dot bystander intervention training to the workplace or community, email [email protected]

Green Dot L-A instructors and supporters are pictured at the Lewiston City Council meeting on March 6.

Green Dot L-A instructors and supporters attended the Auburn City Council meeting on March 5.

Members of Green Dot Lewiston-Auburn walked Lisbon Street. From left are Susan Cooper, Bright Lakusa and Cindy Elias, Green Dot L-A members, at Sen. Susan Collins’ office on March 9. (Photo courtesy Peter Elias)

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