Barb Flis, founder of Parent Action for Healthy Kids, to present at Girl Scouts Summit

Kalamazoo, Mich. — Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (GSHOM) will continue to advocate for healthy girlhood at the sixth Girl Developers Summit, on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at the Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University, 2350 Business Court, Kalamazoo.

Open to the public throughout the state of Michigan, the Girl Developers’ Summit offers a community-wide conversation for parents, mentors and youth development professionals to help girls learn how to be healthy and successful, now and as they mature. Sponsors are the Ladies Library Association of Kalamazoo and the Fetzer Center.

Kimber Bishop-Yanke, president and creator of Girls Empowered, will keynote the summit. Following the keynote address, Maddie Rayner and Alena Buczynski, two Girl Scouts from Marshall, MI, will speak about the anti-bullying campaign they conducted last spring and the impact their efforts have had. The girls were featured in People magazine and Nickelodeon News.

The conference is open to all adults who are interested in helping girls develop courage, confidence and character – Girl Scout leaders, educators, religious leaders, social service providers and parents. Cost is $50 for the general public, $40 for currently registered adult Girl Scout adults, and $25 for college students.

Participants who register by Jan. 21, 2011, will receive a $5 discount. To register, call GSHOM, Kalamazoo Regional Center, at , or visit www.gshom.orgto print out and mail in the registration form.

Bishop-Yanke speaks on relational aggression (bullying) across the US and provides professional development seminars. More than 55,000 children, parents and professionals have participated in Girls and Boys Empowered programs in summer day camps, retreats, community programs, assemblies, conferences, trainings and one-on-one coaching. In addition to her keynote address, Bishop-Yanke will speak on “The Building Blocks of Social and Emotional Intelligence and Friendship” and “Stop the Meanness, Spread the Kindness” during the workshop sessions.

Summit participants may attend three workshop sessions of their choice, as space allows.  Suzanne Ender of the Kalamazoo YWCA will present “Healthy Dating Relationships.”  Candy McCorkle, of Spring Arbor University, will speak on “I’m Okay,” a seminar on developing positive body image and self-esteem. Craig Stouffer, public safety officer, Kalamazoo, will present “Internet Safety for Parents.” Kristina Beda, adjunct professor, Spring Arbor University, will speak on “Academic Pressure.”

Barb Flis, Parent Action for Healthy Kids, will present “Adolescent Sexuality: It’s Not as Scary as You Think.” Shelley Fitzgerald, a certified health educator from Vicksburg, will speak on “Fueled for Success: The Power of Positive Nutrition.”  Mary Shanahan, a registered dietician from Kalamazoo, will present “Chocolate Doesn’t Cause Weight Gain: The Art of Mindful Eating.”

Other topics and speakers are: “Single Parenting,” by Mary Clark, a licensed professional counselor from Kentwood; “Red Alert! Addiction Is a Family Disease,” by  Charlene Taylor, a certified prevention specialist for Elizabeth Upjohn Healing Center, Kalamazoo; and “Talk Early and Talk Often℠,”  by Clemens Wittekind, a facilitator  for “Talk Early and Talk Often,” an initiative  promoting open communication between generations about sexuality and abstinence.

The summit will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Following Bishop-Yanke’s keynote address, workshops will continue until 4:30 p.m.

Lunch will also be provided.

To register, call Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, Kalamazoo Regional Center, 1-800-788-4919 or go online to www.gshom.orgto print out and mail in the registration form.  For additional information, email
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