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School of Education to Host Feb. 5 Conference On Youth Violence and Gang Prevention

Heightening awareness of gangs and youth violence on Long Island is the subject of the conference presented by Hofstra’s School of Education and the Safe and Supportive Schools and Community Consortium on Thursday, February 5, 2014, from 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Multipurpose Room of Hofstra’s Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus.

This annual conference, now in its 17th year, will also present national, state and local perspectives on youth violence and gang prevention and associated tools and strategies that can be implemented in school and community venues.

Conference speakers include professionals in the fields of law, psychology, probation, education and human services. Workshops include:  Gangs 101, The Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction: The Mission, the Work and the Outcome; Gangs on Long Island: The Prosecutors’ Perspective; Youth Justice Reform: A Story-based Strategy for Raising the Age of Criminal Prosecution for Youth; The Art of Building and Sustaining Comprehensive Collaborations with Tangible Outcomes; Building Trust Between Youth and Police: NAFI’s Youth Police Initiative (YPI) Program; Social Media: The Double-Edged Sword.

The Plenary Session, “All Hands on Deck: A Call for Unity Through Collaboration,” will feature Reverend Doctor Alfonso Wyatt, who will address key social and educational issues confronting both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Rev. Dr. Wyatt provides vital leadership to youth, young adults and professionals in both the sacred and secular institutions and communities in New York and around the country. He recently retired as vice president of The Fund for the City of New York after serving over two decades.

The conference fee is $50.  The conference is open to all interested professionals in the fields of education, law enforcement, and social services for children.For further information and a conference schedule, contact the Office of Professional Development Services at 516-463-5750. 

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