— One of Indiana’s most important advocates for children will be the keynote speaker at the Indiana Youth Institute’s Because Kids Count Conference Dec. 4-5.
Willis K. Bright Jr. will give the keynote address 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:
- an opening session presented by Afterburner, Air Force fighter pilots who will share their techniques on flawless mission execution so attendees can better accomplish their objectives in helping Indiana children.
- the Leadership Institute option, focused on igniting innovation within organizations.
- an award-winning documentary on the difficulties of getting into college experienced by children who are the first in their families to pursue education after high school, and featuring a discussion session with the film’s producers.
- dozens of workshops presented by state and national experts on topics such as working with children, fundraising, getting parents engaged in their children’s lives, bullying, child development and nonprofit management.
- the Vectren Resource Center featuring 75 exhibitors.
The Because Kids 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.
The conference 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 young people.