2023 BULLYING PREVENTION CONFERENCE
Our 2023 Bullying Prevention Conference was held on November 17th, 2023 at the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) Conference Center. We presented to a diverse group of attendees from all backgrounds working in and around the education space. Our speakers presented on various ways we can all improve communication skills- be it self-talk or boundary setting the topics explored helped the audience understand the importance and breadth of communication.
Presentations consisted of Redefining L.O.V.E.; The Bully In Me; Teachers Matter; Seek The Unique—Everyone is different in their own special way; & What’s Your Personality Type.
In addition to our wonderful speakers, Dr. Kristin Mauldin facilitated a group communication exercise to highlight how words and language affect our self-image.
Thank you to Justin Hudson, Herb “Flight Time” Lang, Eisley & Dan Brandt, Jared Kraft, and Dr. Ed Garrett for their outstanding presentations!
A special thank you to our generous sponsors – Riverside County Office of Education, Cardenas Market, The Cigna Group, Magnon Foundation, Riverside County Board of Supervisors, The City of Riverside, IEHP, and Altura Credit Union!
2022 BULLYING PREVENTION CONFERENCE
Our 2022 Bullying Prevention Conference was held on November 18th, 2022 at the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) Conference Center. We presented to a group of over 200 professionals who learned about the latest research and evidenced-based strategies to end the bullying epidemic. Registrants received valuable skills and resources to utilize and take back to their community that promote kindness, empathy, and inclusion.
Presentations consisted of Bullying: Two Sides to the Same Story How Can We Change The Narrative; Using Your Voice; Selfcare is My Superpower; & The Power of Empowerment .
In addition to our wonderful speakers, we had the opportunity to have a breathwork and yoga session facilitated by James “Dat Yoga Dude” Woods.
Thank you to Jessika Shields, Chloe Diaz, James Woods ‘Dat Yoga Dude,’ and Ryan Tillman for their outstanding presentations!
A special thank you to our generous sponsors – Riverside Medical Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, City of Riverside, Altura Credit Union, Union Bank, County of Supervisors districts 1, 2 and 3, Cigna, Southern California News Group, Verve Community for the beautiful room decorations, and RCOE for hosting the event at their new Conference Center!
2021 BULLYING PREVENTION CONFERENCE
The 2021 Bullying Prevention Conference was held both, virtually and in person the week of November 15 to November 19. It was our pleasure to offer a hybrid format so that our participants could attend completely virtually or in both formats. The in-person sessions were held at CBU and we even had the Anti-Bullying Club from Canyon Springs High School participate. Several hundred registrants received skills and practical tools that promote kindness, inclusivity, and empathy to take back and use in their communities.
Presentations consisted of Cyberskills: Being Kind in a Digital Age; Bias, Bullying and How to Respond; “I am not my Label”; Promoting Kindness and Inclusion; Promoting Inclusion and Empathy for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Introducing Best Buddies; How One District is Eliminating Bullying Without the Blame and the Shame; Creating Safe Spaces for Kids; and a special appearance from Rev. Dr. Charles Lee-Johnson.
Thank you to The Be Kind People Project, Ann M. Ortega-Long, Shelomo Solson, Best Buddies, Rev. Dr. Charles Lee-Johnson, Dr. Marlene Bicondova, and Tammy Vavken-Hylton for their outstanding presentations.
*Conference sessions can be found here.
2020 BULLYING PREVENTION CONFERENCE
The 2020 Bullying Prevention Conference was held, virtually, the week of November 9 to November 13. Although we were in a global pandemic, it was with great pleasure that we were able to host our conference and reach people from the safety of their homes. We had over 1000 registrations, across our 9 sessions, and participants were able to learn skills and practical tools that promote kindness, inclusivity, and empathy to implement in their communities.
Presentations consisted of Keeping Hope Alive, the Intersection of Bias and Bullying, The Bystander Intervention, TRACES and Growth, Don’t Forget to Like, S.U.P.E.R. (Students Utilizing Peer Educational Resources), and The impossible Journey. There was also a yoga session called Yelling to Yoga, intended for participants to learn tools and techniques to manage stress, relax and refocus as a parent, staff, or youth.
Thank you to Rev. Dr. Charles Lee-Johnson, James Woods (Dat Yoga Dude), Dr. Kathleen Sarmiento, Ann Ortega, Don Powell, Rilee Hillman, Gustavo Hurtado Jr., and Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre for their outstanding presentations.
*Conference breakout sessions can be found here.
2019 BULLYING PREVENTION CONFERENCE
This year’s Bullying Prevention Conference was held on November 19th, 2019 at the Bourns Technology Center. We presented to a group of over 250 professionals who learned about practical tools and resources to create a kinder, inclusive and more empathetic environment that they would be able to replicate and put in place at their schools or organizations.
Subjects consisted of Understanding the Target and Aggressor, Empathy vs. Sympathy, and more! Our Keynote Speaker, Lauren Potter, received a standing ovation for her speech on how to overcome Bullying when you have a disability and being the voice for those with or without disabilities.
In addition to our wonderful speakers, we had the opportunity of implementing breakout sessions that promoted making connections through activity.
Thank you to Jadyn Gomberg, Joe Antonelli, Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson, Lauren Potter, Dr. Mauldin, and Cal Baptist University’s Sport and Performance Psychology Program for the amazing presentations and breakout sessions!
A special thank you to our generous sponsors Riverside Medical Clinic, CBU College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, The Press Enterprise, Kaiser Permanente, Altura Credit Union, Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program, IEHP, and to all that attended!
*Conference breakout session activities and instructions can be found here.
2018 BULLYING PREVENTION CONFERENCE
Our most recent Bullying Prevention Conference was held on November 5th, 2018 at the Riverside Convention Center. We presented to a group of over 325 professionals who learned about practical tools and resources to create a kinder, inclusive and positive environment that the attendees would be able to replicate and put in place at their schools or organizations.
Subjects consisted of Social-Emotional Learning, Mental Health Practice Management and Suicide Prevention, Digital Citizenship, and Gender Diversity. There were also two special performances from very talented anti-bullying singers.
Thank you to Jessie Fuller, Dr. Nathaniel Currie, Sue Thotz, Dr. Chappell, Devin Walden, and Paige Childs for the amazing presentations and performances that they gave at this year’s conference.
A special thank you to all who attended.
2017 BULLYING PREVENTION CONFERENCE
This year’s Bullying Prevention Conference was held on November 13, 2017. Our Keynote Carol Todd spoke about her daughter Amanda Todd and the legacy she left behind to help those who are being cyber bullied and stalked online. School administrators, educators, law enforcement officials, psychologists, youth organization leaders, community representatives, parents all came together to obtain valuable resources from our speakers that included PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, Judy French and the Anti-Defamation League’s Anthony Eftimeo. Mrs. French spoke about creating a Kinder and more inclusive world while Anthony spoke to their “A World of Difference Institute.
The annual conference also included 2 wonderful performances by Kaiser’s Educational Theatre and Aubree Archibeck and her “Be The Change” Tour. Kaiser performed their “Someone like Me” play that delves into bullying and cyberbullying on a school campus. Ms. Archibeck is an up-coming 13 year old singer, who goes around promoting positivity and uses her voice to inspire others to “Be the Change” and do their part to stop bullying. We were also joined by special guest Travaughn Crawford who shared his story and entertained us with his lyrical poetry.The presentations and performances provided practical tools and resources that attendees could take back to their schools and organizations. Our goal was to create a Kinder, Inclusive and positive environment that the attendees would be able to replicate and put in place.
Thank you to Carol Todd, Anthony Eftimeo, Judy French, Kaiser’s Educational Theatre, Aubree Archibeck with the “Be the Change” tour dancers and Travaughn Crawford for the amazing presentations and performances that they gave at this year’s conference.
2016 BULLYING PREVENTION CONFERENCE
The 2016 Bullying Prevention Conference gathered about 250 school administrators, educators, law enforcement officials, psychologists, youth organization leaders, community representatives, parents and others from Southern California and beyond who are committed to addressing the bullying epidemic.
The conference presented the most up-to-date knowledge and offered many occasions for structured dialogue regarding bullying. Presentations were made on the latest anti-bullying research providing practical tools attendees took back to their school and organization. We were successful in raising awareness, promoted workable solutions for preventing bullying and created an exceptional opportunity for professional development.
Thank you to Marc Mero, Joelle Hood, Allison Haynes, Stephan McPeace, Anthony Eftimeo, Jason Bailey, Daniel Castañeda, Holli Kenley and Tony Garcia for the amazing presentations that they gave throughout the day.
2014 BULLYING PREVENTION CONFERENCE
The 2014 Bullying Prevention Conference gathered nearly 300 school administrators, educators, law enforcement officials, psychologists, youth organization leaders, community representatives, parents and others from around California and beyond who were committed to addressing the bullying epidemic.
The conference presented the most up-to-date knowledge and offered many occasions for structured dialogue regarding bullying. A variety of breakout sessions were offered, from presentations on the latest research to gaining insights and practical tools attendees could take back to their school or organization. This conference is designed to raise awareness, promote workable solutions for preventing bullying and create an exceptional opportunity for professional development.