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Youth Leadership Conference to be held at St. Lawrence College


Child and Youth Worker students are hosting over 350 youth and youth workers at the  Leadership Conference at St. Lawrence College, Kingston campus, on February 28, 2013 from 8:30 am to 2 pm. The subject of the conference is a look at the amended education act Bill 13, which is designed to promote a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting to all, in the prevention of bullying.  

The conference, which is open to grade eight and high school students in the Kingston area, will feature information on cyber-bullying and social cruelty, as well as entertainment to reach out to young people to help them understand their role in social change. The conference is organized and developed by third year Child and Youth Worker students in collaboration with an area youth advisory group. The conference is supported by the Limestone District School Board, The Student Association, JersVision, The St. Lawrence College Foundation - Cohoe Family Fund, and CHEO’s Dare to Dream program.

“This conference is our opportunity to give back to the community while offering an enriched learning experience for both our CYW students and area high school students,” said Robin Hicks, Associate Dean of Community Services at St. Lawrence College. “We are proud of the work the third year CYW students have done to tackle the tough issues youth face today.”

“The Youth Leadership Conference is a fantastic opportunity for area students to learn more about social cruelty and Bill 13, as well as gain the tools to address the impact  social cruelty has on mental health” said Tanea Fortin, faculty advisor. “The Child and Youth Worker students are eager to shed light on bullying, which is a very relevant issue and affects so many youth. Organizing the conference has been a great learning experience for the students, who in the process have made many valuable connections with local youth and experts in the field.”

Conference speakers and workshops:

Jeremy Dias - Morning Keynote Speaker - All participants

Jeremy is an inspiring activist who has a fierce passion for social justice. After experiencing discrimination, Jeremy took his case to court and won Canada’s largest civil right settlement. Jeremy is the founder of Jer’s Vision, an organization that is committed to educating and promoting diversity, understanding and tolerance.

Vanessa Hamilton - Youth Worker Workshop - Late morning

About the presenter: An Ontario Certified Teacher in the P/J/I/S divisions and a background in Psychology and Human Development, Vanessa is specialized in working with children and youth in the health and mental health fields.  A strong humanitarian, Vanessa became involved in social justice and bullying awareness as a means of making schools and communities safer for all students, and increasing education in community building and restorative practices.

About the workshop: This Bullying Awareness: Reclaiming Our Schools © a comprehensive teacher and support staff resource, an in-school awareness campaign, and a series of workshops, that was created as a means of educating people about the reality of the often long-term adverse effects of bullying on our students and families, schools, and greater community. Through the education and integration into classroom curriculum, we aim to establish an awareness of bullying behaviour in all its forms, while providing sound strategies for the implementation of education and intervention in schools. This interactive workshop will explore the issue and provide the tools necessary to help eradicate bullying in our schools, provide practical and tangible ideas, tools, and lessons.   

 Jesse Miller - Afternoon Keynote speaker - Cyber bullying - All participants

Jesse is a noted authority on social media safety. As a public speaker, he has been presenting and consulting to schools, non-profit groups and companies across Canada since 2007. Jesse is in high demand as a keynote speaker on the topics of social media awareness, Internet safety & online content evaluation.


About St. Lawrence College
With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.


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Laura Tulchinsky

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St. Lawrence College

613-544-5400, ext. 1291