October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Sacramento’s Regional Coalition for Tolerance will kick off the month by hosting a youth rally and press conference, Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on the west steps of the California State Capitol.
Hosting hundreds of area secondary students, teachers and parents, organizers of the rally hope to raise awareness of diverse cultures, bullying and hate crime awareness, as well as serve to announce several other events scheduled throughout October.
On Saturday, October 12, 2013, B.R.A.V.E. Society’s second annual “Be BRAVE – Say Something; Do Something Peer Abuse Prevention and Intervention Conference” will highlight the month of bullying awareness events.
The conference will take place at the Capitol Christian Center, 9470 Micron Ave., Sacramento, CA 95827. Registration begins at 9:00am and the conference will open at 10:00am and run until 5:00pm.
Lisa Ford Berry, is the founder of B.R.A.V.E. (Bullies Really Are Violating Everyone) Society, a local peer abuse and bullying awareness non-profit. Together with a core of B.R.A.V.E. volunteers they have organized a comprehensive, reality-based conference that will “stop you cold in your tracks, and make you aware of what is really happening in our schools, on our streets, and on social media your kids are exposed to every single day”.
With this year’s focus on educating and empowering “bystanders” who are witnesses to bullying and peer-abuse, Be BRAVE, Say Something; Do Something Conference will be filled with solution based prevention and intervention strategies that will help those bystanders recognize bullying and peer abuse and how to actively become part of the solution in protecting the victim rather than perpetuating the crime.
B.R.A.V.E. Program Director, Dr. Shadi Barfjani, MD explains that bystanders are “neutral safe players that need to realize that playing it safe is not really safe at all”.
“The only way to break the cycle of ignorance is by creating awareness through open communication and that is what we at B.R.A.V.E. are hoping to achieve through our programs and our October conference.”
B.R.A.V.E. Society is inviting students, teachers, administrators, parents and guardians, as well as all concerned community members and faith-based organizations as well as mental health and medical professionals to come to this free event.
Keynote speakers will include Pastor Rick Cole of the Capital Christian Center; Lisa Ford Berry, founder of B.R.A.V.E. Society; Benjamin Wagner, United States Attorney; and John McGinnis, KFBK Radio Host and former Sacramento County Sheriff.
Breakout sessions will include experts from across the country, including the F.B.I., ACLU, mothers of “bullycide” victims, professionals in education, medical, mental-health, legal and law enforcement.
B.R.A.V.E. Society’s Be BRAVE, Say Something; Do Something Peer Abuse Prevention and Intervention Conference workshops are designed to give people the tools, if not to eradicate, at least to reduce bullying, harassment, and peer-abuse that is rampant in our schools and in our community.
Sponsors include B.R.A.V.E. Society, Capital Christian Center, Freda B. Runyon Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Robert Peterson Attorney, West Campus High School, and Courage Martial Arts.
For more information about B.R.A.V.E. Society and the October conference visit their web site at www.bravesociety.org, or email Lisa Ford Berry at email@example.com. You can sign up for early registration for the FREE conference at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/367457. Join their Facebook conference event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/134012720103472/.