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We still have spots for our DADs & Juvenile Justice events
Jul 13, 2016

PEATC is pleased to announce these exciting keynote speakers as part of our Summer learning opportunities!

Our 2016 Juvenile Justice Symposium will feature a keynote from Ronnie N. Sidney, II, MSW

Ronnie Sidney, II, MSW, is a father, therapist, author, professional speaker and entrepreneur. He received a Master of Social Work from     Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. Ronnie was raised in Tappahannock, Virginia, and attended Essex County Public Schools (ECPS). While attending ECPS, he spent several years in Special Education after being diagnosed with a learning disability. The stigmatization of special education created a lack of interest in school.

Ronnie's early academic challenges ignited a passion within him to pursue social justice and to work with the youth. He has spent over eight years in the mental health and academic counseling fields and currently works as an outpatient therapist at the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board (MP-NNCSB).

In 2015 he published "Nelson Beats The Odds", an inspiring graphic novel that celebrates friendship, resilience and empowerment. Nelson, the books' main character, overcomes his learning disability and ADHD diagnosis with the help of his parents and special education teacher.

LOCATION: The Marriot Richmond Short Pump, 4240 Dominion Blvd. , Glen Allen, VA. 23060
DATES: July 22-23, 2016
COST: FREE (includes lodging, roundtrip mileage reimbursement, conference meals)
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?: The 7 P’s: Principals, Police, Parents, Pastors, Proprietors, Partners, and Politicians


Our 2016 DADS Organized And Engaged Symposium will feature a keynote from J. Michael Hall, M.Ed.

J. Michael Hall, M.Ed. is a father of two sons and the husband to a very successful middle school reading teacher. J. Michael is a former special education teacher and a “recovering” middle school principal and is the Founder and President of Strong Fathers-Strong Families, LLC in Fort Worth, Texas. Through ongoing relationships with organizations such as PTA and the National Head Start Association, J. Michael has written magazine articles for the PTA, The Southwestern Educational Development Laboratory, and The National Head Start Association’s Children and Family Magazine. He is also a contributing author to the book on fathering entitled Why Fathers Count, and is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on working with fathers in schools and Head Starts.

LOCATION: The Marriot Chesapeake, 725 Woodlake Drive Chesapeake, VA
DATES: August 3-5 2016
COST: FREE (includes lodging, roundtrip mileage reimbursement, conference meals)
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?: Fathers that reside in the state of Virginia and are interested in developing effective advocacy
skills through tactile training, leadership development, peer mentoring, and engagement.


For more information about either of these PEATC training opportunities, please contact Derek Flake, PEATC Community Outreach Specialist at (800) 869-6782 or

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