BPA365 Spur Youth To Rally For Peace, Safety
Youth rally at anti-bullying conference promises to energize, educate, and excite!
BPA365 has opted to shake things up this year, inviting youth to attend the day-long conference. The event will address combating bullying in school and curbing violence among adolescents in two parts, by confabbing with adults, also youth.
The decision to invite young people to a workshop setting came from Chicago educator and author, Dr. Dorothy Thompson. Dr. Thompson, a former CPS principal and the coordinator of the conference, believes that it's important to equip paraprofessionals, parents, advocates, and activists with essential resources to counter bullying. She also believes that young people have earned a seat at the table, so they can "create awareness on how to identify, address and intervene in bullying situations to promote student safety."
"If adults don't explore and arm themselves with measures to help youths counter this menace, more young people would be harmed emotionally and physically,"
According to federal statistics, one out of five students admits to being a bully or doing some bullying. In the near future, one out of four students will be abused by another youth. Every seven minutes a child is also bullied. Additionally, 160,000 students miss school each day for
fear of being bullied.
"We're excited to invite young people to discuss the bullying they experience,"
This year's theme, "The Collective Roles of Adults in Bullying and Students' Well-Being,"
Educator, author, and trainer, Adra Young will host the youth portion of the conference, bringing decades of experience and insight on social skills and behaviors in urban and classroom settings. The Gary Indiana native attended last year's conference as a participant and returned this year as an organizer. The youth aspect will also be co-facilitated by Chicago educator and a mother of two Antonette Parker.
CSU-Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International and ARRMinistries are co-sponsoring the conference.
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Reservations are now being
accepted. To register for the conference, visit www.bullyingprevention365.org, or email nicoleakoukou@
Bullying Prevention 365 (https://bullyingprevention365.org/)