Darkness to Light Announces Second Annual Conference

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Darkness to Light announces second annual child abuse prevention conference.

Conference, presented by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, brings together sexual abuse prevention leaders from across the country around the common goal of making communities safer for children

Memphis, TN – Darkness to Light has officially announced the schedule of sessions and speakers for the upcoming Ignite 2018 National Prevention Conference, presented by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. The event, scheduled for October 9th and 10th, 2018, in Memphis, TN, will also feature pre-conference day activities on October 8th. Ignite 2018 will bring together child advocates from all over the world. Early registrants receive a discounted rate by registering before August 31st.

The conference equips attendees with resources and tools to strengthen and organize their prevention initiatives, no matter the size and scope. Advanced training and thought-provoking, interactive sessions led by some of the most respected experts in child sexual abuse prevention will help individuals and organizations bring fresh ideas to their communities.

This year’s conference will welcome Dr. Alice Forrester and Laura Porter as keynote speakers. Forrester and Porter are featured in the film Resilience, an official selection at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Resilience chronicles the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations.

Dr. Forrester is the CEO at The Clifford Beers Clinic and provides mental health services for children by including the entire family in their programs. Porter is co-founder of ACE Interface, LLC. She develops and disseminates educational products and empowerment strategies that help leaders throughout the nation to dramatically improve the health and well-being of communities.

“Last year, nearly 200 attendees from 32 states and four countries came together for Ignite. This year is going to be bigger and better,” said Katelyn Brewer, President and CEO of Darkness to Light. “With the expertise of our keynotes, panelists, and session speakers, attendees will be inspired and encouraged, bringing that passion back to their community efforts to better protect children.”

“We are extremely honored and proud to be the presenting sponsor of Darkness to Light’s Ignite 2018 Prevention Conference,” said Lynn Layton, President and CEO of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. “Our support of Ignite reflects our commitment to collaborating with Darkness to Light and complementing their focus on adult prevention education. Combined with our focus on child prevention education, we will create a 360° circle of prevention and together we will better protect children.”

Conference panelists and speakers include representatives from Microsoft, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, the Clifford Beers Clinic, ACE Interface, Childhood Fractured, SCARS, The Medical University of South Carolina, and Darkness to Light.

Sessions include:

  • Children in a Digital Age
  • Leveraging Collective Impact & the Adverse Childhood Experience Research
  • Cultivating a Culture of Safety in Youth-Serving Organizations
  • Advocacy & Policy Development – A guide to creating lasting social change
  • Time to Talk: Teens, Sex, and the Law
  • Beyond “Do No Harm”
  • Building an Initiative in the Hispanic Community Panel
  • Understanding the research and best practices: Using adult-focused & child-focused prevention programs

Other conference sponsors include the HAND Foundation, the Redwoods Group, and Ricoh.

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit www.D2L.org/Ignite2018.

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About Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Through education and awareness, the organization seeks to create a safer world for children to grow and thrive. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is an award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 1.6 million adults including educators, youth serving professionals, organization volunteers, and community members have been certified in the program. Stewards of Children® is the only evidence-informed training of its kind, with the largest network of child protection advocates in the world as facilitators. For more information, visit www.D2L.org.

About the Monique Burr Foundation for Children
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. (MBF) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by Edward E. Burr in honor of his late wife, Monique Burr, a devoted child advocate. MBF Prevention Education Programs, including MBF Child Safety Matter® for elementary schools and MBF Teen Safety Matters® for middle schools, are research-based, primary prevention programs that educate and empower students and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, digital dangers, and all types of child abuse and exploitation.

For more information about the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, call (904) 642-0210, visit www.mbfpreventioneducation.org or follow the Foundation on Facebook @MBFChildSafety and Instagram @MBFChildSafety.

2 responses to “Darkness to Light Announces Second Annual Conference

  1. Sorry to just hear about the Darkness to Light conference. I would like to have attended, and have completed the Darkness to Light training. I am an advocate for children and would like to be a facilitator. I realize that the focus is on child sexual abuse, but I feel that some of the same resources can be applied to my passion to bring awareness to emotionally abused children of divorce. Some of whom also may experiencing sexual abuse, but will never tell.

  2. Hi Aldia! Sorry you won’t be able to attend Ignite. We do have Facilitator Workshops all over the country on a continuous basis – so maybe you can make one of those? Here is the link to the current schedule: http://community.d2l.org/site/apps/kb/cs/contactsearch.asp?c=4dICIJOkGcISE&b=6329567&submit=submit&_ga=2.163324540.1967205083.1536588492-1474805712.1536174646. Also, if you have not completed the Stewards of Children training, I think you would find that very useful as well. It teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Currently you can take it at no charge through Aly Raisman’s Flip the Switch Campaign: https://www.fliptheswitchcampaign.org/. Let me know if you have any questions – thanks!

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