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CCSD Presents 5th Annual From Boyz to Gentlemen: Raising Successful Sons in the 21st Century Summit
1/15/2014 3:23:45 PM


The Charleston County School District’s Office of Community Outreach will be presenting its 2014 Boys Summit on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the West Ashley High School (4060 West Wildcat Blvd.).

The Boys Summit, a program of the district’s Parent University, is an all day event devoted to addressing the myriad of issues that impact the performance or outcomes for young men of color across varied dimensions – academic, social, emotional, health and wellness.

Since its inception the Boys Summit has made certain that it not only identifies the problems, but that it is a vehicle for engaging parents in meaningful discussions with community male leaders and other professionals around strategies and practices to improve outcomes for young men of color.

The 2014 From “Boyz” to Gentlemen Summit will feature Mr. Byron Garrett, the Chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming education through meaningful family engagement. Mr. Garrett also serves as the Director of Innovative Schools for Microsoft and an Executive Consultant for Scholastic. He has been a guest on the Today Show, MSNBC, Fox, and the Dr. Phil Show.

The 2014 Summit will once more feature interactive panel presentations for our parents and young men. Key male leaders from the community will lead the panels. Our 2014 panelists include: Dr. Virgil Alfaro; Assistant Chief of Police (City of North Charleston) Reginald Burgess; Reverend Leonard Griffin; State Senator Marlon Kimpson; Lt. Col. Robert Pickering; Mr. Kevin Smith; Mr. Paul Stoney; and Mr. Raphael James. Parent workshops, leadership academies for young men, and a special workshop presented by the City of North Charleston Police Department for young men in grades 5-12 will be provided.

The 2014 Summit will host a resource fair – “Creating a College-Bound Culture for Young Men of Color” – with representatives from various colleges and universities to assist parents and young men with preparation for college.

The event is free and open to parents/families with students attending Charleston County Schools, and members of the community who are interested in beginning community-based leadership programs for young men of color in grades K-12. Pre-registration is required.

For additional information regarding the From “Boyz” to Gentlemen Summit, please call 937-6578 or RSVP at CCSDPARENTUNIVERSITY.COM.

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