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Children again focus of student-run 'Difference' conference

STANFORD -- The 12th annual You Can Make a Difference Conference, "Whole Children, Broken Lives: Piecing Together a Better Future for Our Kids," will be held on Saturday, April 27, at Campbell Recital Hall in the Braun Music Center.

The conference, Stanford's largest such student-organized event, will bring together policymakers, community service providers, academics, students and children themselves in a search for new ways to better understand and serve children.

The all-day conference is free for Stanford students. Registration is $5 for other students, $10 for Stanford staff and $15 for the general public. Members of the community - particularly youngsters - are encouraged to attend. For more information and registration materials, call (415) 725-2872.

Pre-registration is preferred but participants can register the morning of the event, said Emily Behr, a senior and one of the conference organizers. Those with access to the World Wide Web can register online by going to the You Can Make a Difference home page:

The 1996 conference builds on the theme of last year's conference, which focused on the urgent need for a societal commitment to children. The event will promote collaboration and cooperation among organizations and individuals, and consider how the parts of a child's life interact to form a whole.

Pre-conference programs include dorm presentations and discussions, and a workshop for tutors working in the surrounding communities.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Haas Center for Public Service, 558 Salvatierra Walkway. At 9:45 a.m., a welcoming address will be given at the Campbell Recital Hall by Mary McKinney Edmonds, vice provost and dean for student affairs.

William Abrams, a child advocacy lawyer and partner at Abrams and Abrams in San Francisco, will give the opening keynote address at 10 a.m. From 11 to 11:45 a.m. there will be small group sessions under the theme "Conceptualizing the Child," to provide participants with a framework for viewing children's issues.

A series of workshops dealing with children's issues such as education, child care and violence will be held from 11:45 to 12:45 in rooms at the Stanford Law School. The workshops are followed by lunch. More workshops are scheduled from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and at 2:45 p.m., a number of children will perform and tell stories.

Tony Massengale, vice president of community reinvestment for Drew Child Development, and founder of CANDO/Public Strategies in Los Angeles, will deliver the closing address at 3 p.m. in the Campbell Recital Hall.

The You Can Make a Difference Conference, organized through the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford, was first held in 1984. Past themes have included education, institutional racism, families, the environment and the urban crisis.



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