With all the recent talk about Bullying,
It is great to see ASK Academy and the Stop Bullying System present engaging seminars like the one at the Seeking Safety conference in San Mateo. The Conference was put on by The African American Community Health Advisory Committee; a group in the Bay Area committed to helping the community. Their vision is to eliminate health disparities through innovative models of health education and services across generations and diverse communities. Their Mission is threefold:
1. Increase awareness of major health issues affecting African Americans and diverse communities.
2. Advocate for increased health education and access to resources
3. Actively encourage accountability for healthy lifestyles
The committee invited us to speak in a unique and timely event this year. The first one went for 50 minutes and it felt like a walk in the park. We knew We had the room in a state of positive possibility. In the second seminar,because of shared time with Maurice Connor from Chico State, we went for 20 minutes and gave them just enough to know that we need to continue the dialogue, build a long term relationship and help our youth! Here's a quick interview about the event.
Bully Free Radio: Interview w/ Shakeel Ali
RH: What was the name of the conference where you presented?
Ali: It was called Seeking Safety, Protecting Yourself and those you love.
RH: Who organized that conference?
Ali: It was an organization called The African American Health Advisory Committee, they're located in San Mateo and the Director's name is Gloria Brown. It was held at Mills Peninsula Hospital in San Mateo.
RH: How did she know to reach out to you for your part?
Ali: They needed some experts on Bullying, and Domestic Violence, also Sexual Assault and Rape. They didn't know where to go so they contacted P.C.R.C. (Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center) and asked could they send someone. P.C.R.C. told them well, we don't have anyone but we can send one of our contracted trainers, Shakeel Ali. He is probably the right match for this. So P.C.R.C. contacted me and just asked me would I be willing to get in contact with Gloria Brown, that there was no money involved but that they were looking for some help. So I made the decision to go ahead and contact Gloria Brown and from our conversation she told me yeah we do have a honorarium for the speakers. I didn't want to talk about the money I just told her whatever they needed let me know.
RH: That sounds like a great opportunity for you to share your knowledge with folks who were there and who want to listen and learn more about the anti-bullying techniques you teach other folks.
Ali: Yes, that's why I checked with Amro first before I responded because even though they were saying there was no money involved, I though that it might be a good opportunity so I wanted to check with Amro first. When he said yes that's good, I went ahead and moved forward. I'm glad that we both were thinking that way because they ended up giving us an honorarium. More importantly I met a lot of people from different occupations: counselors, teachers, etc. all who really want our services and want to follow up with us.
RH: The Interesting thing is that when you say that people want to follow up with you, and of course this is a workflow question, but this is important and why Amro said you have Salesforce for example. Where are you, or how are you keeping track of those people? Did they give you business cards or email addresses or a mixture of both?
Ali: Well, I should have been even more prepared, We're so in the beginning with our new way of marketing that I didn't have a separate sign-in sheet for my seminar. It doesn't matter because I gave out business cards. Most people wanted my business card and then I can follow back up with Gloria Brown and the other women ont the committee and I am sure they'll be glad to share information with us. I was told that we were the highlight of the whole conference. ASK Academy and the Stop Bullying System.
Here are some nice pictures of ASK Academy's Shakeel Ali's Stop Bullying Workshop at the Preventing Teen Violence at the Mills Peninsula Hospital