Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change returns with three new conversations featuring inspiring leaders working on the frontlines of current and emerging issues for children and families. The conversations are for everyone who cares for and about babies and children, and the families, professionals, and communities that protect, nurture, and enjoy them. The free series kicks off on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT.
All Learning to Listen conversations are one-hour long and feature live Spanish translation, closed-captioning, and an interactive Q and A. Certificates of attendance are available.
Episode 1: How to End Gun Violence and Homophobic Hate: Two Mothers’ Journey through Loss to Love
with Jane Clementi and Scarlett Lewis
Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT
Jane Clementi, co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, and Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement will share their journeys from the loss of their sons to their work to strengthen the social-emotional skills of children and end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities.
Jane Clementi co-founded the Tyler Clementi Foundation to make sure that society learns the consequences of discrimination and bullying, as she learned all too personally through the loss of her son Tyler. The mission of the Tyler Clementi Foundation is to end all online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities through educational research, legislative advocacy, and awareness programming. Jane’s desire is to change hearts and minds so that everyone can live and thrive free of harassment, intimidation, and humiliation, and to ignite a culture shift so that all people will experience kindness, respect, and consideration. She has spoken before the US Congressional HELP committee, at the National Cathedral, the Federal Reserve Bank, the NYC prosecutor’s office, as well as at numerous conferences including HRC’s Time to Thrive, Q Christian Network, and SUNY’s SPECTRUM Preventing and Responding to Violence Against LGBTQI+ Students, and numerous other colleges, high schools, and workplaces.
Scarlett Lewis founded the nonprofit Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement after her son was murdered during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in December 2012. Choose Love for Schools Program is a no-cost, comprehensive, lifespan program that teaches children and adults how to manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy relationships – to thoughtfully respond with love in any situation, handle adversity, and have courageous conversations. Choose Love is used in over 10,500 schools in the United States, accessed in all 50 states and 120 countries, reaching more than 2 million children, and has been extended into homes, communities, athletics, and the workplace. In her local community and beyond, Scarlett is on a mission to cultivate safer classrooms and school climates, offer mental health initiatives to cope with the stress of COVID, and create a more peaceful world by educating the whole child and teaching children to Choose Love.