Local Group Sponsors R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Conference to Fight Bullying - KHGI-TV/KWNB-TV/KHGI-CD-Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings

Local Group Sponsors R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Conference to Fight Bullying Problem

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The First annual Stand for the Silent in the Heartland R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Respect Everyone As a Person, to Encourage Courageous acTion) Conference will be held on Saturday, October 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the YWCA, 211 E Fonner Park Road, Grand Island.

YWCA Board member and President of the group Jody Backer shares, "More than 160,000  students in the United States stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied. People who are bullied find it difficult to concentrate, show a decline in grades or work performance and lose self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth. We want to provide resources for building respect."

YWCA Executive Director, Anita Lewandowski Brown adds, "We are proud to be a partner because bullying is an issue that negatively, and sometimes lethally, affects children in our city and in our world. Bullying affects witnesses as well as targets. Witnesses often report feeling unsafe, helpless, and afraid that they will be the next target." Part of the YWCA mission statement is to promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Respect is one aspect of meeting this mission.   

The conference will offer an impactful icebreaker, a panel where youth and adults share their experiences with bullying and speakers including Ann Greving Brown, Rick Huls, Michelle Walker and Officer Jason Urbanski. Vikki Deuel, member of the National Purple Hands Project Board of Directors will offer a call to action for the community and wrap up the conference. Bullying is a community-wide issue that must no longer be ignored or thought of as a rite of passage. Everyone has a role in addressing bullying situations and changing the culture in a community, school or business. Never underestimate the power of one person.

Conference registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend this conference and a light lunch will be served. Groups from Hall County Suicide Prevention and Bullyproof will be available with resources at the event. Adults and youth age 11 and above are encouraged to attend.

For more information about how to give your time, talent, tenacity and financial support to support this conference or the YWCA of Grand Island, please contact Anita at 308-384-9922 or visit www.ywca-gi.org.

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