Ophelia's Place hosts 'Stronger Than You Know' conference

Ophelia's Place is asking for $6 million of state funding for anti-bullying and other educational programs.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 7:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore -- Ophelia's Place hosted the "Stronger Than You Know" conference Friday, and the author behind the book that inspired the classic movie "Mean Girls" was there to share her experience.

The local nonprofit, which is centered around prevention and support for teens, held the event at Hotel Eugene. It attracted teachers from all over the state who wanted to learn how to better support our youth.


Keynote speaker Rosalind Wiseman, author of "Queen Bees and Wannabes," shared the benefits of her experience with the room.

"They feel more anxious," Wiseman said. "They always have to feel like they have to be on or put their game on. They have to perform at the highest level in whatever it is that they're interested in or that their parents are interested in or expect from them, and it can be really frustrating, and it can be anxiety producing."

Verna Wise-Matthews, executive director of Ophelia's Place, said they need to reach more kids, but she's happy with the work the organization is doing.

"Reports of peer victimization go down and their sense of support among their peers go up, so that makes me feel pretty awesome knowing we're doing good work and we're making school climates and culture in schools better because of the work Ophelia's Place does," Wise-Matthews said.

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