The goal of "Uplift Utah", First Lady Jeanette Herbert's initiative, is to encourage parental involvement and assist in finding resources for parents to help in improving their parenting skills. Mrs. Herbert is working with different State agencies such as "Parents Empowered" and the Utah State Office of Education's "Prevention Dimensions", which is a part of Utah's health core curriculum and Utah Safe and Drug Free school program.
This program is recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services as one of the nation's exemplary programs. These programs, along with others, are concerned with the well-being of our children. Utah PTA is proud to be a partner in Mrs. Herbert's initiative, and we would like to encourage local PTAs and school staff members to use this program at their schools.
Find more information at the Uplift Utah Families website.
A highlight of Mrs. Herbert’s initiative will be an annual parenting conference presented in the spring of 2102. The first annual "Uplift Utah Families Conference" will be held on May 4th and 5th at the Salt Palace, in Salt Lake City. The conference will feature keynote presentations from Governor and First Lady Herbert and internationally known experts on the family, Richard and Linda Eyre. Workshops will be provided, presented by expert speakers and authors. The conference will also feature a Parenting Expo, with booths from organizations and companies that provide information, programs, resources and services that benefit the family, in addition to an international food court.
“Uplift Utah Families” Gives Parenting Conference Tickets to the Utah PTA
“Uplift Utah Families”, the initiative of the First Lady of Utah, Jeanette Herbert, is providing an amazing opportunity for the Utah PTA that will benefit thousands of parents throughout Utah. Every PTA President in the state will receive (via e-mail) a file for complimentary e-tickets to the 2012 “First Lady’s Parenting Conference and Expo” held on May 4th and 5th at the Salt Palace. Each PTA president will be authorized to print 20 e-tickets to give to parents in their schools. Furthermore, “Uplift Utah Families” is inviting each PTA president and 2 guests to also print e-tickets and attend the event, where they will find valuable parenting resources and training. Attendees can enter the “First Lady’s Parenting Conference and Expo” by simply showing the printed e-ticket at the entrance. Each ticket (which is being sold for $10 on line and at the door) will get the participant into both the conference and the expo portion of the event for both days. Even though the monetary value of gifted tickets totals $230.00 per school, the lessons learned and the resources gathered will be priceless!
The 2012 “First Lady’s Conference and Expo” introduces this year’s theme, “Family Mechanics 101” The grand event features the following:
Keynotes (parents and adults only)................................................................................May 4th and 5th
Each morning, the conference will kick o with an opening session featuring celebrity keynotes such
as international experts on the family, Richard and Linda Eyre.
Workshops (parents and adults only).............................................................................May 4th and 5th
Numerous workshops will be offered by select local and national presenters. Attendees will be
instructed on the latest research-based parenting concepts and programs, in addition to other family
Governor’s and First Lady’s Address (parents and adults only)...................................................May 4th
Governor and First Lady Herbert will share some of their experiences and lessons learned as parents of
6 and grandparents of 14, throughout 40 years of marriage. Richard and Linda Eyre will also speak.
Special musical numbers by local artists and performing groups will also be spotlighted.
Musical Celebration and Awards (parents and adults only) ........................................................May 5th
The concluding session will feature an address from First Lady Herbert, various musical performances
by local celebrity artists and special awards given to recognize outstanding achievements in parenting
Larry H. Miller’s Dream Car Exhibit (open to the entire family)................................. .May 4th and 5th
Attendees will enjoy looking at antique and new automobiles displayed in various areas of the Salt
Palace. Highway and traffic safety messages will be displayed alongside each automobile.
Family Mechanics Expo (open to the entire family).........................................................May 4th and 5th
MediaOne of Utah presents the Family Mechanics Expo, featuring booths and activities from
organizations and companies that provide information, programs, resources and services that benefit
the family. Attendees will enjoy the international food court, while cultural performing groups from
around Utah present on the main stage. Various products and books will also be made available.
In the upcoming week, e-flyers promoting “The First Lady’s Parenting Conference and Expo” will be sent out to all PTA organizations and schools. We are asking that all PTA presidents send the e-flyers out to all school e-mail lists so every family in Utah can receive the information about the conference and have the opportunity to register on line.
Parents and Adults can register online at: http://www.mediaoneevents.com/tickets/purchase/31
For booth registration, go to: http://www.mediaoneevents.com/booths/purchase/31
For more information about “Uplift Utah Families” go to www.upliftutahfamilies.org
If your school is planning an event please go to www.firstlady.utah.gov as soon as possilbe. Highlight "Request the First Lady" and submit the request. Mrs. Herbert would like to visit as many schools as she can in association with this program.
The Utah Office of Education has strongly recommended that each school participate, please take a look at the information.
As a portion of the First Lady of Utah Jeanette Herbert’s initiative, Utah PTA encourages elementary schools to present an "Uplift Utah Families" Evening Concert for parents and families. Some of these concerts have already been presented during Red Ribbon Weeks throughout Utah. During this concert, students perform songs from the Utah State Office of Education program, "Prevention Dimensions". Families also enjoy the multi-media component, featuring a message from the First Lady, humorous "Parents Empowered" commercials and instructional "Strengthening Families" spots. A CD containing select songs from the "Prevention Dimensions" curriculum is included.
Click the documents below to download the program scripts:
Another important component of "Uplift Utah Families" is the upcoming website. We will have a link from the Utah PTA Website for easy access for our parents. This will be a meaningful and functional resource for parents and families. The website will offer links to select programs, organizations, and agencies that provide important information that can help enhance parenting skills. Also featured on the website will be a calendar of events, messages from the First Lady and other articles and material that strengthen families. Eventually, the First Lady would like to establish an area on the site where parents can write in and ask questions or present problems they are experiencing. "Uplift Utah Families" already has the support of the Utah Prevention Network (UPN) in helping to facilitate, filter and answer these questions. The UPN is comprised of mental health agency representatives from Utah’s 13 Local Authority Districts, under the direction of the Utah State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. All questions and concerns will be reviewed by a panel of experts from UPN, who will provide direction, resources and appropriate answers. A representative from the Utah State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health will chair the committee or expert panel. Select questions and responses may appear on a message board posted on the website for learning purposes.