The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

April 24, 2013

Just for Kids conference is May 9

Keynote speaker is well-known advocate for abuse prevention

The community is invited to the third Family Awareness Conference sponsored by Just For Kids Inc. Child Advocacy Center May 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lewis Community Center in Oak Hill.

“This promises to be a conference to remember,” said Scott Miller, Just for Kids executive director. “The keynote speaker, Rev. Darrell Armstrong, is a dynamic, engaging speaker. He is a national and global advocate for the prevention of child abuse and family dysfunction, while also focusing on family strengths and strengthening families.”

Miller said this conference will touch upon many of the lessons learned during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April and focus on proactive steps everyone in the community can take to “strengthen families and foster positive outcomes for all children.”

One of the most important things individuals can do is to connect with children, he said.

“A little time spent positively supporting kids can make a big difference for our community. Youth who have positive mentors are more likely to stay in school and earn high grades and less likely to smoke, use drugs or carry weapons. Singing, talking and playing with young children activates the construction of their developing brain and has a positive impact on their future learning and career success,” Miller said.

Miller added that in addition to the keynote address by Armstrong, there will be 10 other break-out sessions on topics such as trauma-informed practice, Internet safety, fetal alcohol syndrome and engaging the religious community in protecting children.

“This conference will make a difference in southern West Virginia as we work together to help families find their strengths,” stressed Miller.

CEUs are available for social work, counseling, nursing and more.  Lunch will be provided and a special session for clergy to learn more about how to be involved in working with parents of young children will be held at 4 p.m.

To find out more about the Family Awareness Conference, call the Just For Kids office at 304-255-4834 or visit the website at www.jfkwv.com.

To learn more about what you can do to support children in the community,  go to www.movementforchildren.org.

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ee 1.jpg Energy Express makes impact on students’ lives

    Energy Express to him, Matt White says, is all about a “different experience.”

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • maurices Fostering Self-Esteem

    The local Maurices is involved in a project aimed at making the school transition a little easier this fall for foster children in the area.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Children’s Health and Safety Fair scheduled for August 1

    Montgomery General Hospital and Dr. Traci Acklin have announced that the 2014 Children’s Health and Safety Fair will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital.

    July 21, 2014

  • Theater to hold auditions

    Open auditions are set for Tuesday and Thursday at the Historic Fayette Theater for the comedy/drama “Belongings”. Auditions will be held at the theater in Fayetteville at 7 p.m. each evening.

    July 21, 2014

  • asb carver 25 years and counting

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taylor Made Free concert series

    The next free public concert in the Lively Family Amphitheater Summer Concert Series is a performance Saturday at 6 p.m. by popular band Taylor Made.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Energy Express open house set

    Energy Express, an award-winning summer reading program serving 35+ children in Fayette County, will host a free open house for members of the Beards Fork SALS community. The event takes place on Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    July 17, 2014

  • rhody1.jpg Stages of life

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • thurmond depot.jpg Explore town’s rail heritage

    Discover what life was like in one of the New River Gorge’s most renowned towns as you join National Park Service rangers and Operation Lifesaver on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to explore the historic railroad town of Thurmond.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • apt bldg1.jpg Demolition and disposal

    July 10, 2014 3 Photos