Free March 23 program offers youth, parenting skills


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A free, public conference March 23 will focus on helping young people, their parents and others learn about such issues as safe social-media use, anger management, financial education, confidence and self-respect.

    The University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work is sponsoring the “Hope Starts Here” event with Nativity Academy at St. Boniface, an independent Catholic middle school.

    The Saturday morning sessions are open to all and geared to young people and adults such as educators, counselors and parents interested in their healthy development.

    The conference will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Nativity Academy at St. Boniface, 529 E. Liberty St. There is no registration, and lunch is provided afterward.

    Kentucky Sen. Gerald Neal will open the conference, which will feature WAVE-TV reporter-anchor Dawne Gee discussing cyberbullying and its consequences, Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott discussing self-esteem and confidence issues, and other local leaders talking about how to help young people save money, make educational choices, express their feelings appropriately and navigate online communication wisely.

    For more information, contact UofL social work professor Sharon Moore at 502-852-0751 or

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.