INDIANAPOLIS– Youth leaders and community organizers, who work with children and young adults before or after school and on the weekends, are invited to attend a free forum to learn how to react in unexpected or violent situations.
“With the fact that there was a shooting in Newtown, interest is high and one of the ways that youth serving agencies provide a high quality experience for children is to make sure they have a save environment,” said Glenn Augustine, Indiana Youth Institute. “So this is a way for us to bring in an expert about this topic and determine if those are pieces that they want to incorporate into their own plans.”
A police officer will describe ways to react in the event that a shooter is on the loose in a building with children and how to prevent an attack from happening. Participants will learn about the five steps in the A.L.I.C.E program, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Escape.
Experts in suicide prevention will offer ways to identify children, who may be suffering from issues after a traumatic incident like school violence.
The Indiana Youth Institute has already hosted a similar event in Northern Indiana and has other upcoming events on its calendar that offer resources to people who work with children.
The event is at 11:30 a.m. at the Athenaeum Foundation, which is located at 401 E. Michigan St.