Community Empowerment Series 2015

Posted by SueScheff on August 23, 2013  /   Posted in Uncategorized

2014-03-29 03.20.392014-03-29 03.20.39InteractClubMBStay tuned as we will be announcing a fantastic line-up for the 2015 Community Empowerment Series!

2015 will be an exciting year!  St. Augustine celebrates its’ 450th anniversary and there will be a lot of fun activities going on.

We are thrilled to announce that The Monique Burr Foundation will be presenting this year’s Community Empowerment Series.

They are dedicated to implementing programs in our Florida schools on Child Safety Matters such as bullying, cyberbullying, and all forms of abuse including sexual abuse of children.

That’s it for now, we will be adding our 2015 line-up and sponsors shortly.

Below is from 2014:

Thank you to all our sponsors, vendors, exhibitors, and especially our volunteers for making the Community Empowerment Series 2014 spectacular!

As very special thanks to our amazing speakers!  It was a full day of learning and inspiration!2014-03-29 03.20.392014-03-29 03.20.39

St. Johns County was privileged to feature celebrity parenting experts!

They spoke on topics to empower us to continue to have one of the best counties in Florida.

  • “Education is the knowledge and power that will help us keep our kids safer.”
  • “Kids are literally dying from words…”
  • “Stopping peer cruelty.”
  • “How Teens Hide Their Online Activity.”
  • “Body-image and peer pressure….what kids are thinking”

The Basics:  Bullying & Cyberbullying from National and International Prevention Experts, Stranger Danger Online & Off, Cyber-Civics, Safety & Security Online, Girls & Changing Bodies & Body Image Workshops

What: Community Empowerment Day!  Join us on Facebook for updated information.

Why: To strengthen our community and enrich our parents, teachers and everyone working with our children to be safer and kinder- both online and off. This series is providing parents with valuable tips and resources on some of the most important issues facing children today, especially bullying.

Who benefited?


  • Parents, grandparents
  • Students
  • Educators and school administrators
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Grandparents (anyone raising children today)
  • Daycare center operators, employees, owners (eligible for service hour credits)
  • Everyone that wants to make our community a safer place for kids!


The Who:

National speakers and authors will be back in St. Johns County!

Dr. Michele Borba, Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Stacey Honowitz, Sarah Burningham and Theresa Payton!


Sameer Hinduja

Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Leading Cyber Bullying and Bullying Expert


Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Author and leading Cyber Bullying Expert Dr. Sameer Hinduja will be discussing bullying and cyber bullying.  This is one of the biggest concerns growing in our country today.Kids are literally dying from words, this is a serious topic and it is about time to take it seriously. Dr. Hinduja is a leading researcher on cyber bullying and has spoken to thousands of schools and communities throughout our country.

Sarah Burningham

Sarah Burningham, Author and Speaker

Sarah Burningham, author of GIRL to GIRL: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body and several other books.  Sarah focuses on body image and self-esteem.  She has been featured on many national media outlets such as The Today Show.  She will have workshops for girls ages 8-14 and their parents. Understanding their changing bodies, learning relationship building skills, “is your daughter ready to date”, where does social media fit in?Empowerment, encouragement and building self-confidence through positive body-image.


Stacey Honowitz, Author and Florida State Attorney

Stacey Honowitz, Author and Florida State Attorney for Sex Crimes Against Children.  Stacey will be discussing good touch verses bad touch, stranger danger (online and off),  relationships, reporting date rape, sex crimes, and how to talk to your kids about sensitive topics.  You can catch Stacey nightly on HLN.  She was featured in our 2013 and was excellent! Visit our Album and watch a clip of her lecture.

Dr. Michele Borba

Dr. Michele Borba

Dr. Michele Borba, Parenting and Bullying Prevention Expert is back! Borba is an internationally recognized author, speaker, & educator on parenting, character education and bullying prevention. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, reduce peer cruelty and create compassionate, just learning cultures. 

Theresa Payton

Theresa Payton, Cyber-Expert

Theresa Payton, Cyber-Expert is also back!  She is one of our country’s leading experts in online security.  Payton is the only female to have held the position of Chief Information Officer in the White House.  Don’t miss her workshops on cyber-civics as St. Johns County expands on continuing to keep our kids safe online.

It takes a village to raise a child, in St. Johns County, we have our community!

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