Alexandra Zarini Joins IGNITE 2021

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Darkness to Light Announces Alexandra Zarini as IGNITE 2021 Keynote Speaker
The founder of the Alexandra Gucci Foundation will present the keynote session virtually April 28th.

IGNITE 2021 Keynote Alexandra Zarini

Charleston, SC. – March 9, 2021 – Darkness to Light announces Alexandra Zarini, founder of the Alexandra Gucci Children’s Foundation, as a keynote speaker at their fourth annual child abuse prevention conference, IGNITE 2021. Presented by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, the conference brings together sexual abuse prevention leaders from across the country for the common goal of making communities safer for children.

Zarini, a survivor of child sexual abuse (CSA) herself, has made it her life mission to end CSA and to protect children from ever facing the same abuse she endured. The Alexandra Gucci Foundation serves to support and partner with leading non-profit CSA organizations from all over the world.

“By collaborating with leading experts, advocates, and policymakers, we can encourage best practices and make a difference,” said Zarini. “This issue is personal to me and organizations like Darkness to Light are at the forefront, bringing the global attention it needs, and that children around the world deserve.”

The presenting sponsor, the Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF), works to protect children from bullying, digital dangers, abuse, trafficking, and exploitation with comprehensive, evidence-based, youth-focused programs. MBF Prevention Education Programs educate and empower children and relevant adults with relevant information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to child victimization, including all types of child abuse. Along with sponsoring IGNITE for the second time, MBF will present and have a virtual booth for attendees to stop by and ask prevention experts questions.

“MBF is thrilled to once again sponsor IGNITE,” said President and CEO Lynn Layton. “Zarini is a dedicated advocate and by joining the speaker line-up, she is helping to raise the profile of such an important issue.”

IGNITE 2021 is taking place virtually April 27-29th. Attendees wanting more advanced training may register for pre-conference activities on April 26th. For more information and to register for the conference, please click here.

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 2 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

About Monique Burr Foundation for Children
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children (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 Matters® for elementary schools, MBF Teen Safety Matters® for middle and high schools, MBF Athlete Safety Matters® for youth athletes, and MBF After-School Safety Matters® for after-school and youth-serving organizations, are evidence-based/evidence-informed primary prevention programs. They educate and empower children and adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, digital dangers, exploitation, and human trafficking. More than 5,000 facilitators have delivered MBF Programs to over 4.5 million students throughout the U.S. and in 3 additional countries.

About the Alexandra Gucci Children’s Foundation
Alexandra Gucci Children’s Foundation was founded by Alexandra Zarini, a child sexual abuse survivor and advocate. The Gucci Foundation serves to support and partner with leading non-profit organizations specialized across various fields in the child sexual abuse sector globally with the mission to end child sexual abuse. Uniting experts, advocates, and policymakers, the Gucci Foundation creates collaborations across states and countries to ensure the crisis of child sexual abuse gets the global attention it needs and children around the world deserve.

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