On May 19, 2018, Safe & Sound Hillsborough will host its 2nd Annual Violence Prevention Conference, appropriately named SafeSummit’18. Located at Hillsborough High School, this event will bring residents from all over Hillsborough County together with community agencies, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, support services, private sector and faith-based leaders, with a focus on healing our communities and developing strategies and solutions to prevent violence from spreading in Hillsborough County. As we look to answer the many questions regarding safety in our community our three main components during this event will be workshops for youth as well as adults, a Youth Summit entitled TEENtalk to allow Hillsborough County teens and young adults to speak on issues related to them and how they feel they could contribute to solutions, and a State of Public Health Summit that will address Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Domestic Violence and other issues that contribute to violence in our communities. Our 2018 conference will focus on cultures and effects of violence – how we learn violence, the context of violence, and culturally impacted responses to the root causes of violence.

Join us this year as we consider these issues and discuss how communities – schools, courts, law enforcement, service organizations, youth and families – have and can continue to come together to effectively understand the impacts of violence on resiliency, why it affects people in different ways, and the exportation of the effects of violence. We will spend the day exploring what works, where there are challenges, how to communicate better with each other, and how to collectively move to solutions.

Want To Be a Presenter?

Safe & Sound Hillsborough invites proposals for concurrent workshops sessions to be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018. There are different categories for presentations, Workshops, Discussion Tables, and Trainings. We welcome all varieties; however, our goal is to have a diverse program in both subject matter and type of workshop. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and recognition in presenting to a large audience.

Attention Youth

Safe and Sound Hillsborough will award eight (8) scholarships at the Violence Prevention Conference in May 2018 to a resident graduating from each of the following zip codes: 33566, 33610, 33612 and 33598. In addition to recognizing a sound record of achievement in his or her studies, this award will also include recognition of leadership in selecting a graduate who has taken initiative to improve quality of life for the greater community...

Community Builder Awards

At this year’s Violence Prevention Conference, SafeSummit’18, Safe & Sound Hillsborough (S&SH) will recognize individuals that have demonstrated exemplary grass roots leadership. The Kevin Beckner Community Builder Award will highlight an individual’s efforts to promote safety and community from one or more of the following zip codes: 33566, 33610, 33612 and 33598...

Call for Workshops

Safe & Sound Hillsborough invites proposals for concurrent workshops sessions to be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018. There are different categories for presentations, Workshops, Discussion Tables, and Trainings. We welcome all varieties; however, our goal is to have a diverse program in both subject matter and type of workshop.

Interactive presentations should be designed to last 45 minutes and should address one or more of the following:

  • Community Policing
    • Self Confidence
    • Financial Literacy for Youth
    • Activism/Getting involved in your community
    • Pros and Cons of Social Media in today’s society (Adults and Youth)
    • Physical Health
    • Engaging faith community and faith leaders
    • How to improve access points for prevention and intervention (hospitals, schools, churches); building partnerships
    • Clinical approaches to violence/trauma
    • Parenting tactics to help reduce violence
    • Creating a community of practitioners
    • Race and Equity
    • The use of technology in prevention and intervention efforts
    • How to create functioning coalitions; includes both surviving disagreements and separations
    • Public/private and business partnerships
    • Mental Health
    • Substance Abuse
    • Why do kids join gangs?
    • Reducing Accessibility of Guns (Youth)
    • Employment Strategies to help reduce violence

 

WHY BE A PRESENTER?

This conference is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and recognition in presenting to a large audience.  The audience includes:  Community residents and stakeholders, Civic Leaders, Elected Officials, Parents, Youth, Employers and Support Service Agency Contacts.

 

FULL PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Invited full proposals must be received by Monday, April 30th, 2018. Submit your proposal via email to info@safeandsoundhillsborough.org

Safe & Sound Hillsborough invites proposals for concurrent workshops sessions to be held on Saturday, May 19, 2017.

For additional information or questions, contact Rosalie Smith at 813-327-8317, ext. 2 or via email at info@safeandsoundhillsborough.org.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Safe and Sound Hillsborough will award up to eight (8) scholarships at the Violence Prevention Conference on May 19, 2018 to a resident graduating from each of the following zip codes and to 4 additional youth county-wide:

33566, 33610, 33612, 33598

In addition to recognizing a sound record of achievement in his or her studies, this award will also include recognition of leadership in selecting a graduate who has taken initiative to improve quality of life for the greater community.  Preference will be given to the first generation, college-bound students.  For more information about these one-time scholarship awards of $1,000 to qualified candidates, as well as, please review the application and scroll below to review criteria, eligibility requirements, award terms & conditions and directions on how to submit.

  1. How do you describe a safe community?
  2. How would you compare your community to your safe community description?
  3. What does it take to make a community safe?
  4. How do you plan to apply your future educational training toward creating a safe community?

Students will have the opportunity to address each of these questions in an essay or may opt to submit a video not to exceed 4 minutes in .mp4 format.

The application and all attachments must be hand delivered, mailed, or uploaded and received no later than 5:00 p.m., May 4, 2018.

 

Community Builder Awards

At this year’s Violence Prevention Conference, SafeSummit’18, Safe & Sound Hillsborough (S&SH) will recognize individuals that have demonstrated exemplary grass roots leadership. The Kevin Beckner Community Builder Award will highlight an individual’s efforts to promote safety and community from one or more of the following zip codes: 33566, 33610, 33612 and 33598...

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Sponsorship and Vendors

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Featured Speakers

 

Roderick Patterson, aka "Sir Rod"

There is no man more fitting of the description “A Man On A Mission” than Roderick Patterson, aka Sir Rod. His positive outlook awards him tremendous success for many years. As a resident of Atlanta, GA, he has founded several organizations, such as the Sounds of  Knowledge, a school-touring company, that visits local and regional schools, delivering positive messages to our youth, through the medium of music. Previously, Sir Rod headed one of the country’s largest school assembly companies, Diversity Showcase Assemblies, where he spearheaded efforts that touched more than a million children across the nation. He has also worked as an art director for So-So Def Recordings, as well as Georgia Perimeter College. As an entertainer, artist, motivational speaker and a new author, he believes his life to be a positive example to others, especially, young people.  Sir Rod, recently, founded Don’t Bully, Inc., which is a non-profit company that operates as a community organization dedicated to empowering under served children and communities by delivering anti-bullying and anti-drug educational assembly programs.

Koran Bolden

Koran Bolden is a national award winning speaker, author and the Chief Motivational Officer of Dream Success World Wide located in Phoenix, Arizona. He is mostly known for his work in the areas of resiliency, technology and entrepreneurship which has garnered him numerous awards and national media recognition. As a result, major corporations and non-profits began to seek him as a brand ambassador and spokesperson.

Industry Past
After growing up in a single parent home in Saint Louis, Missouri and losing his beloved brother to gun violence, Koran was determined to succeed despite the cards that were dealt to him. At the age of 12, Koran Bolden became intrigued with the process of self-discovery and innovation and decided to start his first business. Through a lot of hard work and dedication, his company would later solidify its first multi-million dollar contract, only to be later lost through frivolous spending and a lack of preparation.
Koran experienced defeat and temporarily abandoned his childhood dreams in order to take care of his new born son. However through his new best friend and future wife, LaPortcia Bolden, that dream was revived and revitalized. Her unconditional love and unfailing support ignited a new passion for Bolden to dream big again by seeing life as half full instead of half empty.

A Flame Is Lit
These passions inspired him to leave corporate America and together they would open a leadership-focused recording studio called Street Dreamz in 2010. Street Dreamz Recording Studio and Party Center became a safe house for youth – an exciting place for young, aspiring musicians to build their self-esteem through writing positive lyrics. Young artists were challenged to be their best and prohibited from recording songs containing profanity. This strict “No Profanity” pledge soon gained attention from parents, schools boards, corporations and government officials. It led to him becoming one of many advisors to the Ferguson Commission, which was a special task force designed to develop strategic plans to help heal the state of Missouri from the aftermath and devastation of the Ferguson riots.

Happily Ever After
Koran has now impacted well over 100,000 aspiring business leaders across the world through his mobile motivation app, social media campaigns, seminars, and new self-empowerment book entitled, “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” He is also the recent recipient of the Verizon Wireless Everyday Hero Award, Mercedes Benz Rising Star Award, and Cadillac City Shapers Salute. He was featured in the spotlight as the Emmy award winning American Graduate documentary series. His most recent honor was being featured on the GAP Inc. website for his millennial leadership and philanthropy efforts. Later he was asked to deliver a keynote speech on stage for the Banana Republic Conference at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. After the St. Louis County Executive’s office heard of Bolden’s GAP Inc. story, they officially declared March 21, 2014 as Koran Bolden Day in Saint Louis County.