|Child advocate is conference speaker|
|Written by Submitted|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012 2:51 PM|
One of Indiana’s
most important advocates for children will be the keynote speaker at
the Indiana Youth Institute’s Because Kids County Conference Tuesday,
Dec. 4, through Wednesday, Dec.5.
Willis K. Bright, Jr. will give the
keynote address on Dec. 5. Bright is the former director of youth
program of Lilly Endowment Inc., where he worked to build opportunities
for children. He will look at the current state of youth development and
outline the prospects for youth-serving professionals in the future.
In addition to Bright’s keynote address, highlights of the conference include:
Because Count Conference is intended for anyone who works with children
including community leaders, youth ministers, educators, counselors and
those who impact the well-being of Hoosier children.
opens Dec. 4 with Afterburner. These Air Force fighter pilots will show
attendees how to start with an objective, identify threats, find
available resources, evaluate lessons learned, determine a course of
action and plan for contingencies.
Several workshops about how to prevent and address bullying will be featured. Workshops on bullying during the two day event include “Breaking the Social Structure of Bullying in School” and “Frenemies, Queen Bees, and Girl Wars:
Addressing Relational Aggression with Young Women.” There will also be a
discussion of teen suicide, one of the leading causes of death for
New this year, the conference will highlight the
documentary First Generation, a film about the struggles five high
school students face in becoming the first in their families to pursue a
college education. The filmmakers will take part in a post-film
The Leadership Institute will offer an intensive professional development experience designed to help executive directors, board members and senior staff become better leaders and innovate more ideas. This year’s Leadership Institute speaker, David A. Owens, Ph.D., will explain the art and science of generating better ideas, assessing them and making sure they get a chance to impact an organization.
Owens, author of the book “Creative People Must Be
Stopped! Six Ways We Stop Innovation Without Even Trying,” serves on the
faculty at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management
and provides consulting services for NASA and the Smithsonian. New
roundtable stations will engage participants in in-depth conversation on
a variety of topics including bullying and volunteer recruitment. Plus,
conference attendees can also kick-off this year’s event with the
Because Kids Count Talent Show and Conference Mixer on Dec. 3 from 6:30
p.m. to 8 p.m. at the JW Marriott.
Register online at www.iyi.org/conferences.
is $200 at the door. Attendees will have the option to add-on the
Leadership Institute for $25 or attend just the Leadership Institute for
$125. There also is a carpooler’s discount, allowing three people to
register with a fourth attending the conference for free.
The cost for out-of-state residents is $500 plus an additional $50 to go to the Leadership Institute.
For more information, contact Niccole Caan of the Indiana Youth Institute at 1-317-396-2737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.