Education is the cornerstone of GOAL Magazine’s mission and with that in mind annually we host a free educational symposium on a topic that is impacting our communities. This year’s symposium was held Thursday, November 8th at the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College. The event pulled together some of the county’s best resources to educate attendees on the topic of bullying and bully prevention. Last year’s symposium included a local panel of experts to shed light on the drug epidemic. SecondHalf Coach Wealth Management served as the lead sponsor again along with additional sponsors, the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce and Schimizzi Law, LLC.
Emmy Award Winning Former News Anchor, Positive Thinker and Story Teller Wendy Bell served as the emcee for the event.
Tim Hammill, Director of Curriculum Services at Westmoreland Intermediate will address social media bullying as well as touch on an app to help parents monitor social media.
Beth Babyak, Education/Outreach Manager at Blackburn Center will address why bullying is such an important topic to her and to her organization as it can be part of a slippery slope leading to sexual harassment, domestic violence, and sexual violence.
Ted Hoover, a representative from the Persad Center will address bullying within the LGBTQ community.
Sheila Jordan, a mother that will share her daughters voice of her daughter whom was a victim of bullying.
Matthew Dugan and Elizabeth Bair, Middle School Students will address how bullying affects one's physical and mental health and what they are doing to help.
Adam Hoffman, a High School Student will address a club he and other students created to put a positive spin on overcoming bullying. He is also President of the Local Chapter of the Aevidum Club.