Darkness to Light Holds Ignite 2018

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Darkness to Light holds 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. Third conference slated for Boston early October 2019.

Darkness to Light recently held its second annual Ignite 2018 National Prevention Conference, presented by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, October 9-10 in Memphis, TN. Nearly 200 child advocates attended the event to raise awareness and help make communities safer for children. The Ignite 2019 National Prevention Conference is slated for early October 2019 in Boston.

The conference equipped attendees with resources and tools to strengthen and organize their child protection 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 help individuals and organizations bring fresh ideas to their communities.

This year’s conference welcomed 33 speakers who brought knowledge and expertise that inspired attendees. Dr. Alice Forrester and Laura Porter joined Ignite 2018 as keynote speakers. Forrester and Porter are both well known for their extensive knowledge in Adverse Childhood Experiences and are featured in the film Resilience, an official selection at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

“Attendees from 31 states and three countries came together for Ignite,” says Katelyn Brewer, President and CEO of Darkness to Light. “With the expertise of our keynotes, panelists, and session speakers, attendees were energized and learned valuable skills and knowledge to take back to their community to better protect children.”

Lynn Layton the President & CEO of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children

“We are extremely honored and proud to have been 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 child-focused prevention education, we will create a 360° circle of prevention and together we will better protect children.”

Conference panelists and speakers included 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.

Darkness to Light presented their 2018 national awards at the conference, recognizing individuals who have gone above and beyond to further the mission of ending child sexual abuse. Awards presented included Instructor of the Year to Denise Uhl-Jenkins, Facilitator of the Year to Sarah Ortiz, and the Partner in Prevention Leadership Award to Sarah Bright. The recipient of each award has committed their time and energy to a grassroots prevention movement and has accomplished meaningful progress in their community.

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

For more information, please visit www.D2L.org.

About Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is an evidence-informed, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 1.6 million adults have been trained using Darkness to Light trainings. 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.

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