Kids Of Character, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote character education and development for youth in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. On October 23, 2009, the organization will be joining forces with KidsPeace to hold the "Communities Building Kids of Character Conference" at the Donley Therapeutic Education Center on the main campus of KidsPeace in Orefield, PA. Leaders of the community will come together to hear a number of guest speakers describe how the community can make a difference in children's lives and help them to grow into respectful, responsible community members. Among the presenters are Dr. Len Marella, Founder & President of the Center for Leadership and Ethics and retired U.S. Army Colonel; Elmer Gates, Chairman of Embassy Bank, Lehigh Valley and co-founder of the Gates Leadership Initiative; Beth Fritz, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer of Lehigh County; Gwen Pongracz, founder of Kids of Character; and Dr. Gregg Amore, Director of Counseling & Student Development, Character U, DeSales University.

KidsPeace, whose mission is to provide hope, help and healing to kids facing crisis, is proud to be hosting this important conference, which will inform community leaders about how they can promote character education and development in the children who will become tomorrow's leaders. Attendees will also have the opportunity to voice their opinions and learn how to take action.

For more information on this free, invitation only conference, please email Kids of Character at