Helping Boys Thrive® Summit

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Washington Association for Middle Level Education is proud to host the Helping Boys Thrive® Summit with Michael Gurian from The Gurian Institute at Shoreline Community College on Saturday, April 23 from 8:00 to 4:00pm.

This summit is a one day event that brings together professionals, parents, educators, and community stakeholders in the field of boys’ development.

In nearly every academic and behavioral marker, boys and young men are struggling. While some males get to the top of corporations and government quite well, millions of males are not thriving. In our own community, we have a great need to study and positively affect the developmental journey of our boys. We are seeing more and more boys who need our help, and want us to engage with them in successful ways.

The organizers of this summit are focusing the program on boys, but they believe this work is not just about boys — it is also about girls. They believe we are now in an era in which girls’ and women’s rights will not move to their next level of social success until we solve the issues boys face.

Michael Gurian, the father of two daughters, recently noted, “Our genders are utterly interdependent and the disturbing loss of our males is beginning to significantly harm our females as well.”

This summit is for parents, teachers, counselors, therapists, medical professionals, grandparents, law enforcement and corrections workers, youth service providers, early childhood providers, mentors, ministers and other faith professionals, and policy makers.

Some breakout sessions are targeted toward professionals and some to parents. All sessions provide evidence-based practical strategies that can be used tomorrow in homes, offices, schools, and other environments.


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