AIT Sponsors Keynote Address at Good Shepherd Conference

Continuing a tradition of many years, AIT supported the 21st Annual Strong Children – Strong Families conference put on by the Good Shepherd Center. Held on February 25 at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois, the networking conference for parents, child care providers and educators focused on improving the lives of all children.

The event is the largest bi-lingual conference in the Chicago area and AIT proudly sponsored the afternoon keynote address, "It Takes a Village – Bullying Prevention Strategies for Home and School". Given by Sue Black, Certified Bullying Prevention Trainer, the presentation focused on the latest research and best practices in bullying prevention. Topics included the characteristics of the bully, effective adult interventions, the power of the bystanders, being brave, exploring emotions and building empathy.

"It was a great, animated presentation with new and innovative ideas for this huge problem that goes from pre-school to the workplace. As one of the presenters stated, it only takes one person to save a child," said Good Shepherd Center's Director of Development, Cheryl Assise. "This was a very successful conference and we actually had to close registration before the event because we were at the maximum capacity," she added.

A variety of workshops were offered in the morning with such themes as Healthy Snacking, Power Struggles and Early Math. During the lunch hour, conference attendees were wowed by the Pink Panthers, a team of champion double dutch jumpers from Hazel Crest.

In operation for 48 years, Good Shepherd Center is a non-profit agency serving children with disabilities and their families in the Chicago south suburban communities. While the group is 80% funded by the government, events such as the conference rely on donations and sponsorships by companies like AIT to provide excellent workshop speakers.

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