AT&T Indiana has signed on as a sponsor of World Civility Day on April 13 and will sponsor the cyberbullying presentation by Cathie Bledsoe of the Indiana State Police.
Bledsoe, a youth educator for the State Police Internet Crime against Children Task Force (ICAC), has been a presenter on Internet safety and cyberbullying for over a decade.
The Indiana State Police provide age-appropriate cyber safety presentations to schools, churches and youth organizations. These presentations focus on accurate and timely information relevant to youth from age 8 to 18.
World Civility Day will include civility-themed workshops at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond and an evening awards dinner at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.
Community Civility Counts, which started as a partnership of the Gary Chamber of Commerce and The Times Media Co. in 2015, is hosting the activities of World Civility Day for a second year.
“As a proud sponsor of World Civility Day since its inception, we’re excited to see that the chamber and The Times are expanding its impact by offering informative workshops,” said AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards.
“Thanks to our Digital You initiative, which is aimed at increasing digital literacy and promoting online safety, we’re able to join with the Indiana State Police this year in offering guidance on how to watch for signs of cyberbullying, and keep our kids safe when they’re surfing the web.”
Here is the full workshop schedule for the Indiana Welcome Center on April 13:
• Kickoff at 8:30 a.m.
• “World Civility Day Ambassadorship,” 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Presented by Dr. Clyde Rivers, World Peace ambassador, special representative from Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative to the United Nations, and Ambassador at Large from Burundi, Africa;
• “Stop the Bleed,” 9:50 to 10:20 a.m. Presented by Methodist Hospitals;
• “Civility in the Community,” 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Presented by the National Civility Center;
• “Civility books and publishing,” 11:20 to 11:40 a.m. Presented by Propriety Publishing of Canada;
• “One Approach to providing Ethics Training to Public Employees," 11:40 to noon. Presented by Cal Bellamy of Shared Ethics Commission;
• Box lunch available
• “Where do we go from here – chaos or community?” 12:15 to 1 p.m. Presented by Urban League of Northwest Indiana;
• “The Business Case for Civility at Work,” 1;15 to 2:15 p.m. Presented by Lew Bayer of Civility Experts of Canada;
• "Stand Up, Speak up, Stop Bullying," 2 to 2:45 pm. Presented by Edgewater Systems;
• “Civility in the Classroom,” 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. Presented by Summer Moore of Community Civility Counts and teachers involved in the program in two Gary charter schools;
• “Cyber Bullying in Schools,” 3:30 to 4 p.m. Presented by Cathie Bledsoe of the Indiana State Police.
In addition to the Gary Chamber of Commerce and The Times Media Co., World Civility Day sponsors include Methodist Hospitals, AT&T Indiana, National Civility Center, Civility Experts, Propriety Publishing, Legacy Foundation, Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce, Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors, Shared Ethics Advisory Commission, and Lake Area United Way.
Tickets can be ordered through the Gary Chamber of Commerce. Call (219) 885-7407. Tickets are $25 for the day sessions and lunch and $60 for the celebration and awards dinner. Tables of 10 for the dinner can be reserved for $550.