The Courage to Act: Working Together to End Bullying

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Those out on the front-lines working with youth to stop bullying are meeting in Kansas City to make a difference at the International Bullying Prevention Association Conference.

The International Bullying Prevention Association Board of Directors expect more than 600 school and community agency staff members to attend the 9th annual International Bullying Prevention Association's two-day conference, being held November 4-6 at the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza. Participants work with pre-school through University students and all have the same mission; to stop bullying.

The event features exhibits from emerging and veteran companies providing services and products in the field Participants come to learn the latest research findings about effective programs and share successful strategies they are using in the communities they work and live in. Over 50 workshops featuring experts in the field will include; Cyber bullying, Trends in Bullying, Effective Programs, International and Youth Panels, How We Change to Improve School Climate, Strategies to Reduce Bullying and Best Practices to Develop Your Bullying Prevention & Response.

A focus of this year’s conference will include the importance of adult, youth partnerships which are critical to successful collective efforts. This year’s conference will have a specific focus on issues of bullying, hazing and harassment in higher education and athletics. The program is reflective of the Board’s belief that we must all courageously work together to address bullying in all its forms and environments.

The University of Missouri – Kansas City has approved the conference for 18 contact hours for continuing education units. The deadline to save $100 off of the registration fee is September 30th, 2012 at http://www.stopbullyingworld.org.

Attention to the issue of bullying has never been more heightened and our schools, universities and communities are eager to find solutions.

Organizations that have made bullying prevention a priority and support this conference include: Professional Development Network of Greater Kansas City, Cable in the Classroom, Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Windber Research Institute, Hazelden, Facebook, Cartoon Network, Sprigeo and Jackson County COMBAT.

The mission of the International Bullying Prevention Association is to support and enhance quality research based bullying prevention principles and best practices in order to achieve a safe school climate, healthy work environment, good citizenship and civic responsibility.

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