A conference on at-risk youth and bullying is scheduled for Friday featuring an internationally recognized bullying expert as keynote speaker.

"Boys and Girls at Risk Conference: Improving outcomes through gender-sensitive approaches" is a one-day event featuring experts on the latest research on gender-sensitive approaches to helping at-risk youth and the improved outcomes those approaches promise, according to a release. Topics include the different ways boys and girls handle grief and respond to violent entertainment.

The keynote speaker, Rosalind Wiseman, is internationally known as an expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice and ethical leadership, organizers said. Her book, “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” is the basis for the movie Mean Girls.

The conference will be held at the Madison Marriott West Atrium Hotel and Conference Center in Madison. Admission is $125 and the student rate is $65. More information is available online.

Conference Events

Rosalind Wisemans’ book signing (open to the public)

  • Friday 11-11:30 a.m.
  • Books and DVDs will be available for purchase at conference

Screening of movie Mean Girls (free)

  • Friday and Saturday 9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Union South, The Marquee