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IU Northwest to host Youth Violence Conference May 11

Anti-violence activist the Rev. Dr. Michael Pfleger to headline ‘Stopping the Loss of Our Treasures’


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Emily Banas
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Erika Rose
Office of Marketing and Communications

Indiana University Northwest is proud to once again be a partner in the Weed and Seed’s Fifth Annual Youth Violence Prevention Conference on Friday, May 11. The conference will take place 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 “Stopping the Loss of Our Treasures” and will feature a 1 p.m. keynote address by The Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger. Pfleger has lived and ministered in the African-American community on both the West and South Sides of Chicago since 1968. He has been nationally recognized for his fight against alcohol and tobacco billboards, drugs and racism.

At 10 a.m., Muhibb Dyer, a Milwaukee community activist and writer, will present “From Kings to Thugs to Presidents,” a play intended to encourage youth to strive for a better future.

Other workshops of interest include “Healthy Relationships,” “Stress Management for Youth,” “Sex and You,” “Family Dynamics,” “Drugs,” “Boundary Setting,” “Bullying,” “Just for Girls,” and “Just for Guys.”

The conference is a collaboration between IU Northwest, the University Park/Glen Park Weed and Seed initiative, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana, Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living, Methodist Hospitals, Community Organizations for Families and Youth (COFFY), and the Gary Police Department.

The adult registration fee is $75, and the youth registration fee is $25. Continued education units (CEUs) are available.

Early registration is encouraged for this event as space is limited. To register, or to learn more about the 2012 Youth Violence Prevention Conference, please contact Mary Lee at (219) 980-6702.