S.Kavneet Singh accepting the Award on behalf of ASC at the Conference
The American Sikh Council (ASC) was honored and given an ‘award’ for all the anti-bullying initiatives to reduce bullying of children nationwide at the National Conference on Bullying organized by School Safety and Advocacy Council (SSAC). S.Kavneet Singh accepted the award while thanking the organizers and the attendees to make this possible on behalf of the American Sikh Council (ASC) in front of hundreds of attendees at the main banquet hall in the Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada on March 7, 2018.
ASC representatives S. Kavneet Singh and S. Randhir Singh with the strong support of S. Amolak Singh organized and set up a Sikh exhibit at the National Conference on Bullying which was held for three days, from March 6 – 8, 2018. Over 500 police officers, prosecutors, juvenile investigators, education policy specialists, counselors, school resource officers, diversity/bullying specialists, child protective services, probation officers, internet crime investigators, teachers, school psychologists, judges, community workers, university professionals, professors, graduate students and others attended this conference. There were 18 exhibitors and many educational sessions covering, school safety, bullying, racism, bias, to suicide prevention, and much more.
Sarah A remarked, “Many of my lingering questions were answered in a very forthright and simple manner which really opened up my eyes to view Sikh Americans in a very positive light.”
S.Amolak Singh, Nancy Silberkleit Co-CEO of Archie Comics and S.Randhir Singh at the ASC exhibit
This was the third year American Sikh Council (ASC) representatives interacted with the convention attendees by educating and answering many questions posed by the various specialists and educators. Brochures covering the Sikh Faith, Sikhs and Scouts, History of Sikh Americans, Bullying of Sikh American Children were displayed and distributed. The recently published book supported by the American Sikh Council ‘Bullying of Sikh American Children – Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student’, www.bullyingasikhamericanchildren.org was displayed; as this is another resource tool which can be used by all school professionals and law enforcements officials to help the widespread bullying and victimization of many minorities groups like the Sikh American children.
S.Kavneet Singh, an attendee and S.Randhir Singh at the ASC exhibit
Bullying of Sikh American school children is a pervasive problem across America. The networking and the outcome of ASC’s collective work was a resounding success, and in order to continue to sustain this ongoing work ASC requests all the gurdwaras but especially member gurdwaras to generously support these very important educational initiatives in order to help our next generation thrive and not simply survive.