You Are Invited: Building a safe & positive school climate at the Youth Safety Summit

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Real conversations about school safety start and end with students’ physical, social and emotional well-being. Supporting those goals creates a positive school climate where students thrive. Everything else, including school resource officers, security cameras and more, fits in between.

That was the idea behind the Youth Safety Summit when the Board of Education started it in 2011. Now in its third year, the summit is a chance for students, parents, teachers and everyone else to talk about a common goal: reducing youth violence and keeping young people safe in school and their communities.

Free childcare is available for those who register in advance.

This year is a big year for the Youth Safety Summit. The Board has invited keynote speaker Craig Scott, of Rachel’s Challenge. Craig was a student at Columbine High School in 1999. His sister Rachel was the first student killed during the tragedy there. He will share the mission of the organization he founded in her honor: making safer learning environments by using kindness and compassion to fight bullying, isolation and despair.

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The Youth Safety Summit is a perfect complement to the practices for social and emotional care happening in our schools every day. The Metro Schools social and emotional learning team is nationally recognized for its practices to help students be academically successful and socially healthy.

Registration for the Youth Safety Summit is completely free and childcare will be available on site. If you do plan on taking advantage of the free childcare, please register in advance so we know how many children to expect.