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Friday February 1, 2013

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo Campus 
Hwy 1
Building # 5400
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106          
Parking:  parking lot #2 will be reserved for conference attendees at no cost!
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San Luis Obispo County Office of Education 
Dianna Mills, 805-781-7207 or

Conference Agenda

8:00 Registration

8:45 Welcome

9:00 Keynote Speech: It's NOT Just Joking Around: Understanding School Bullying Through the Eyes of a Former Victim, Jodee Blanco, author 

10:15 Breakout Sessions

  • Youth: It’s NOT Just Joking Around: Understanding School Bullying Through the Eyes of a Former Victim, Jodee Blanco
  • Adults: Assets in Action, Panel Discussion
  • Adults: Making a Difference in Kids’ Lives, One Book at a Time, Trudy Ludwig

11:30 Lunch & Giraffe Awards

12:30 Film:  Bullied

1:30 Breakout Sessions

  • Youth: 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher
  • ECE: Raising Awareness Through Character-Building Children’s Books, Kathryn Otoshi
  • Adults: I am an Ally Training, Cami Rouse & Kris Gottlieb

2:45 Capnote Speech: 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher, author

3:45 Take the Pledge!

4:00 Adjourn

The 40 Developmental Assetsare positive experiences and qualities that influence young people to make positive choices and help them become caring, responsible adults. Because of its foundation in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework is widely used across the United States. Studies have shown the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive. Assets have power for all people, regardless of their gender, economic status, family, or ethnicity.  For more information on the 40 Developmental Assets, please visit

Conference Objectives:

  • Youth will learn tools to communicate with adults about bullying and learn asset-based skills that will help prevent bullying.
  • All participants will accept responsibility to change the norms and culture around bullying and make a difference in the community.
  • Adults will identify the signs of bullying in young people and learn asset-based tools to intervene

 Who Should Attend?

  • High school youth interested in bringing about positive changes in their schools and communities
  • Early Childhood & K-12 Educators
  • Adult community members involved in:  schools, youth-serving organizations, health care systems, faith-based organizations, local government, juvenile justice & community organizations
  • This conference is relevant for first-timers as well as veterans of Asset Development!

Conference Presenters:

Jodee Blanco is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Please Stop Laughing at Me - One Woman’s Inspirational Story and Please Stop Laughing at Us - One Survivor’s Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School Bullying. She has presented her acclaimed anti-bullying program, It’s NOT Just Joking Around!, to over 500,000 students, teachers, parents, and national entities.

Trudy Ludwig is the author My Secret Bully who specializes in writing children's books that explore the world of children's social interactions.  She has received rave reviews nationwide from educators, experts, organizations, and parents for her passion and compassion in addressing relational aggression - the use of relationships to manipulate and hurt others.

Kathryn Otoshi is a children’s book author and illustrator. Her newest book, One, an anti-bullying book introducing colors, numbers, and counting, skillfully plays upon larger themes of tolerance, acceptance, and the power of one voice.

Jay Asher is the author of Thirteen Reasons Why, a New York Times best-selling young-adult fiction novel about teen suicide, and The Future of Us. He resides in San Luis Obispo County.

Cami Rouse works for Transitions Mental Health Association promoting recovery and wellness for persons with mental illness. Ally Trainings for mental health service providers and others help to make our community a safer place for LGTBQ persons.

Kris Gottlieb works for the Central Coast Chapter of Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) to promote the health and well-being of LGTBQ persons and their families through support, education, and advocacy.

Due to space limitations, enrollment will be limited. First registered, first served.  Conference registration will be closed when full.  "Wait List" registration will be taken once the conference capacity has been reached, so please register early.  No refunds may be given, however substitutions are welcome.  Please click below to complete your registration!