PROVO, UT – The BYU School of Family Life and the Family Life Education Institute announce their co-sponsoring of an exciting one-day conference, designed to help anyone who is interested in the family.  This conference will focus on the many ways that citizens can better strengthen the institutions of marriage and the family within their own communities. Presentations will help participants get involved in making a difference, whatever your talents or time constraints may be.

The date is Friday, March 11, and the conference will be held at the BYU Conference Center.

Designed specifically to bring together all who are interested in strengthening families, the Family Outreach Conference is a forum where participants can learn better ways to answer the call of the Proclamation of the Family “to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family.” While the conference will be of great interest and value to the professionals in the family and other fields, it is also meant to reach individuals of varying backgrounds who share an interest in strengthening families in informal ways.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dawn Cassidy, M.Ed., CFLE, & Certification Director for the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Dawn Cassidy manages the national family life education certification program and at the conference she will share insights about how Family Life Education is making a difference for families and ways that families are being strengthened nationwide. 

The conference will begin at 8:00am and will conclude at 6:00pm. It will feature breakout sessions conducted by family advocates who work and serve in various realms, displays of existing family-strengthening efforts, and how-to learning on a range of topics – from finding the right resources to reaching families. 

Other conference speakers who will present at the conference include Susan Easton Black, Wally Goddard, Doug Brinley, Kay and Warner Woodworth, Angelle Anderson, JoAnn Hamilton, Marie C. Ricks, Scott Loveless, Laura Brotherson, Stephen Duncan, Sean Brotherson, Alan Hawkins, Aaron Larson, Tamara Gilliland, Steve Willis and more.

Here’s what some of our conference participants have said about the conference: “It was so valuable to learn how to actually implement programs and ideas, rather than just learn why families are so important.” And, “My view was vastly enlarged as to what is being done, what can be done, and how I can play a role. Plus, I am convinced that I can do something helpful.”

Everyone who is interested in strengthening marriages and families is welcome to attend and can register or obtain conference materials and further information at or by calling 801-422-8925.  Registration, including lunch and materials, is $40.  For those who cannot attend, materials are available for $10, and current student registration is complimentary thanks to the School of Family Life.  Tuition costs for the conference may be covered by university benefits for full-time BYU employees and their spouses.