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IU Northwest to host 2011 Youth Violence Prevention Conference May 6, 7

Weed and Seed event focused on ‘saving lives, saving children’


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Indiana University Northwest is proud to once again be a partner in the Weed and Seed’s Annual Youth Violence Prevention Conference on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. The conference will take place both days from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the IU Northwest campus in the Savannah Center and the Moraine Student Center.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Saving Lives, Saving Children’ and will feature a keynote address by Glenda Hatchett, former juvenile court judge and founder of Parent Power Now, a premier online parenting network. Hatchet formerly presided over the syndicated show, Judge Hatchet, and is the best-selling author of Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say. Her forthcoming book is entitled, Dare to Take Charge.

Discussion for day one (May 6) of the two-day event will be tailored to meet the needs of parents, social service agencies, and concerned citizens. Topics will range from a legal perspective on youth violence, to signs and prevention of youth violence, to suicide prevention and the prevention of youth violence in schools. 

Day two (May 7) of the conference will be targeted toward youth with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube being a large focus of the day’s discussion. Conversations will explore these social media networks in relation to dating and relationship violence, sex and violence, and suicide. Other workshops of interest include ‘Your Space: Stop the Bullying,’ ‘Step Up 2011: Impacting Community,’ ‘Hip Hop: Respect, Respect, Respect,’ and ‘Medical Implications of Youth Violence.’

The conference is a community collaboration between IU Northwest’s Office of Diversity Programming, the University Park/Glen Park Weed and Seed initiative, Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Indiana, Edgewater, Community Organizations for Families and Youth (COFFY), and the Gary Police Department.

The adult registration fee is $75, and the youth registration fee is $10. Youth members of the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Indiana may attend free-of-charge. Continued education units (CEUs) are available.

To register, or to learn more about the 2011 Youth Violence Prevention Conference, please contact Mary Lee, chair of Weed and Seed, at (219) 980-6702.