The first steps to preventing abuse against children are awareness and education. As more parents, professionals, and community members learn about the realities of child abuse, the effort to combat this serious problem gains strength. We teach our kids not to talk to strangers, and that’s good. Now, how do we teach them to be safe around the people they trust – and the people we trust? This session will empower attendees to be protectors of children, in the real and virtual worlds. This session will also discuss talking points to address during these difficult conversations with the children we care about.
Samantha Tello is a Bilingual Education Specialist at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. She has 3 years of experience working with at-risk populations. As an Education Specialist, Samantha focuses on preventing child abuse through professional training to child-serving organizations and informative parent education curriculum on how to keep children safe from harm. Additionally, she serves on the organizing committee for the national Crimes Against Children Conference, where more than 3,000 child abuse professionals gather each year for continued training on how to combat the many forms of crimes against children.
Prior to this position, Samantha worked as a Program Coordinator for Afterschool Centers on Education in South Texas, where she supervised 200 children on a daily basis. As a Program Coordinator, she provided family support, built partnerships with surrounding businesses, and collaborated with administrators and school staff to enhance the life of each child and their families. Samantha has her B.A in English and a minor in Spanish, and is also pursuing a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling.
Wednesday, October, 16, 2013
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: Samantha Tello
Cost: No Fee