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Freedom House offers Empowerment Program in June

One-day conference aims to help incoming fourth- through ninth-grade students

PRINCETON — Freedom House’s annual one-day Empowerment Program for incoming fourth- through ninth-grade students will be offered free this June at eight locations in Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam and Stark counties. This year’s theme is “Embracing Myself for All that I am Worth.”

The program will provide students with the tools to strengthen self-esteem, set goals, and acknowledge boundaries. The program for incoming students in seventh- through ninth-grade will include combating negative self-talk, practicing self-compassion, self-respect, assertiveness, surviving conflict and implementing healthy relationship dynamics.

Information will be distributed to schools and sent home with students. For online registration, visit or The registration deadline is May 31. For more information, call 815-872-0087 or send an email to

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted at the following locations:

Princeton — Tuesday, June 4, at the Bureau County Farm Bureau.

Wyoming — Thursday, June 6, at the WyHi Community Center.

Geneseo — Monday, June 10, at the Geneseo Public Library (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Spring Valley — Thursday, June 13, at Hall High School.

Henry — Tuesday, June 18, at the Marshall-Putnam County Farm Bureau.

Granville — Thursday, June 20, at Putnam County High School (8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).

Sheffield — Tuesday, June 25, at Cornerstone Community Wellness.

Kewanee — Thursday, June 27, at Hill Church.

Freedom House is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and is the domestic and sexual violence agency for Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam and Stark counties. Headquartered in Princeton, with satellite offices in Kewanee and Cambridge, Freedom House employs compassionate and skilled professionals to provide free, confidential, quality services to victims of abuse and their families, including a 24-hour crisis hotline (800-474-6031), emergency shelter, medical and legal advocacy, adult and child counseling, awareness and prevention education, and training for volunteers and professionals.

In the past year, Freedom House staff provided needed services to more than 900 victims (and families) of domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information about their services, or to make a donation, call 815-872-0087 or visit their website at Freedom House can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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