2002 Safe Instead of Sorry Conference held at Fort Hays State University

Area teachers, health care professionals and medical students are once again invited to attend the third annual Safe Instead of Sorry Conference: Our Children's Future is in Your Hands.

The conference will be held in Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union, Nov. 4. The focus is on simple ways to improve a community by "implementing a child's developmental assets," and will feature many guest speakers to explain how, including James Vollbracht. Vollbracht, who returns by popular demand, is a senior trainer for the Search Institute's Healthy Communities--Healthy Youth Initiative and author of The Way of Virtue and Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand: How to Restore Our Neighborhoods and Communities Starting in Our Own Backyard. He has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to empowering individuals, communities and organizations in the support of positive youth development.

The roster also includes Mary Warren and Greg Meissen, co-directors of the Self Help Network: Center for Community Support and Research in Wichita. Since 1986, Warren and Meissen, along with the Kansas Health Foundation, have provided assistance to more than 20 Kansas communities.

All participants who enroll before Oct. 2 will pay a $50 registration fee, which will include lunch. Enrollments done on-site or after Oct. 2 will require a $65 registration charge, and will receive no provided lunch. For $15, students may register, however, they will receive no lunch with registration. A $5 continuing nurse education processing fee will be required for nurses. All attendees without an FHSU parking permit are requested to park at Gross Memorial Coliseum. Bus transportation will be available.

This course is approved for 6.5 contact hours applicable for RN or LPN re-licensure.

Sponsors are RURAL: A Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative Project, Hays USD 489, Fort Hays State University Department of Nursing, Fort Hays State University College of Education, Fort Hays Educational Development Center, Ellis County Community Partnership, High Plains Mental Health Center, Hays Medical Center, United Way of Ellis County, Kansas Health Foundation, McDonald's Restaurants of Hays, Parents and Children Together, Hays Police Department, and the Regional Prevention Center of Northwest Kansas.

For additional information contact RURAL by phone at (785) 623-2400, or e-mail at lpaige@hays489.k12.ks.us.

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