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What's New at KidsPeace

News and Notes from KidsPeace

Kids of Character Conference to be Held at KidsPeace

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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 gwen.pongracz@gmail.com.

Open House and Training Scheduled for Northern VA FCCP

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KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs (FCCP) has scheduled an open house for its new Alexandria, VA, office on Thursday, October 29, 2009. The event will introduce the basic, therapeutic, and intensive foster care programs KidsPeace offers in Northern Virginia, as well as the highly skilled staff who will serve the families and agencies of the area. The Open House will take place from 9:00 a.m. until noon and allow local, county and state caseworkers to learn about our portfolio of services and potential foster families to discover why the KidsPeace matching process is the best of its kind. 

On the same day, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., we will be presenting a highly informative training session to all customers who wish to attend at the Woodrow Wilson Library in Falls Church. Our guest speaker will be Pat O'Brien, founder of "You Gotta Believe" and expert in adoption and permanency for older kids. A graduate of Columbia University, Pat is a regular on radio and television and at true champion of older children in the foster care system.

During the training, Pat will discuss recruitment methods for adoptive families for older teens, preparing families to take teens, helping families deal with difficult behavior, services and supports to ensure successful outcomes and how to prevent foster and adoptive families from giving kids back when things get rough.

The training is free, but space is limited, so contact Alana Marino to reserve your seat: 410.964.9329 or alana.marino@kidspeace.org. Regional Manager Diane Sancilio and the leadership of KidsPeace are eager to meet members of the Northern Virginia community and familiarize attendees with our wonderful services.

KidsPeace Names Michael Slack EVP

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New Position Seeks to Diversify and Strengthen the 127-year-old Charity

To help strengthen and diversify its efforts and better meet the needs of local children and families, the 127-year-old Lehigh Valley-based nonprofit KidsPeace has named Michael Slack executive vice president for marketing and development, a new position overseeing new program development, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing and contracting.

 

"In changing times, service organizations must also change," said William Isemann, president and CEO of KidsPeace. "Michael has already played a significant role in helping KidsPeace evolve to match the changing needs of children and those who refer children today."

Over the past year, KidsPeace has created new programs to meet the rising demand for therapeutic foster care, autism and community-based services, creating a broader base of offerings for kids and families facing crises.

"My goal is to continue to strengthen and diversify the services KidsPeace offers, while responding to the needs of the local community," Slack said.

Mr. Slack has been with KidsPeace for eight years, most recently as vice president for marketing and business development. Before joining KidsPeace, Michael served as Director of Business Development for Genesis Health Ventures, a national for-profit provider of elder care services. Slack holds an MBA in Health Care Administration from Temple University and lives in Lehigh County with his wife and two children.

KidsPeace is a 127-year-old children's charity dedicated to giving hope, help and healing to children facing crisis. Founded in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, KidsPeace directly helps thousands of children each year with life-saving treatment and millions more through prevention and awareness campaigns. KidsPeace was named "The Outstanding Organization" of its kind in the country by the American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children, was recently awarded a Gold Seal of Approval by the Joint Commission, and was called "a prototype of what we need for all children everywhere" by the late, nationally renowned child and family expert, Dr. Lee Salk.

 

Contact - Sharon McCarthy, Director of Public Relations at 610-799-7797 (desk) or 484-788-9842 (cell) or 800-25-PEACE or E-mail Sharon.Mccarthy@kidspeace.org.

 

 
   
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